Science is the effort of human beings to understand nature by observing phenomena and applying reasoning to explain them. This process strongly relies on previous knowledge, either to build upon it or to discuss and criticise it. Peer review has become an essential factor for scientific progress, and it requires the full disclosure of methodologies and results.

In this sense, the Free Knowledge Institute subscribes the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities as a means to guarantee universal access to scientific knowledge:

“(…)Establishing open access as a worthwhile procedure ideally requires the active commitment of each and every individual producer of scientific knowledge and holder of cultural heritage. Open access contributions include original scientific research results, raw data and metadata, source materials, digital representations of pictorial and graphical materials and scholarly multimedia material(…)”


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