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Stephen Hawking allows free access to his 1966 doctoral thesis

"By making my PhD thesis open access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars"

Stephen Hawking allows free access to his 1966 doctoral thesis
Stephen Hawking allows free access to his 1966 doctoral thesis

27/10/2017

"By making my PhD thesis open access, I hope to inspire people around the world to look up at the stars and not down at their feet". -- Stephen Hawking.

 

What better way to celebrate the Open Access Week 23-29 October!

Professor Hawking's 1966 doctoral thesis "Properties of expanding universes" is available in Apollo at https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.11283 or in high resolution on Cambridge Digital Library at https://cudl.lib.cam.ac.uk/view/MS-PHD-05437/1.

"Open Access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.
OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.
OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered". -- Peter Suber

 

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