CopIt Arxives
publishing Open Access with an Open Mind

FAQ

1. Who are you?
2. Why the name?
3. What is Open Access?
4. What is electronic publishing?
5. Why do we need Open Access?
6. What is CopyLeft?
7. Why your e-books do not have an ISBN number?



1. Who are you?

We are an international network of academicians committed to the promotion of science, social progress and cultural values who believe that distribution of knowledge must me open and free for all the public. We are based mainly in Mexico City at UNAM but we have collaborators in other countries.

2. Why the name?

CopIt means copy-it! a text you may copy freely. ArXives is a word inspired in one of the first Open Access initiatives: the repository of academic Open Access papers managed by arXiv.org. We are not part of arXives.org, by the way.

3. What is Open Access?

Open Access means freedom to access knowledge without the payment of fees or royalties. It meas absolutely free distribution of ideas and tools for social change and progress.  

4. What is electronic publishing?

Electronic publishing means publication in digital format, e-books is the name given to books that are produced and distributed in the internet.

5. Why do we need Open Access?

For promoting positive values of cooperation and social change and for promoting free access to ideas and culture. Open Access means equal opportunities and freedom for accessing knowledge.

6. What is CopyLeft?

CopyLeft was born from a, now mythical, meeting in Paris where authors discussed the restrictins and nature of the commercial copyright attitude. From this meeting, the copyleft philosophy spread out meaning basically that you can: access freely a publication, copy it and print it. Copyleft license of this site reads:

All property  rights of  publications belong  to the  author who, however,  grants his authorization to  the reader  to copy,  print and
distribute  his  work  freely, in  part  or  in  full, with  the  sole conditions that (i) the author name and original title be cited at all
times, (iii)  the text  is not  modified or mixed  and (iii)  the final  use of  the  contents  of this  publication  must be non  commercial.
Failure to meet these conditions will be a violation of the law

It must be said in addition that the author retains ownership and all the rights of his work at all time, we do not deal with copyright issues and the author is free to register his work at the local copyright office if he wishes to. Since the rights belong to the author, he is also free to ask CopIt ArXives to remove his work from our pages at anytime.

7. Why your books do not have an ISBN number?

ISBN numbers were born to classify and better organize the production of books and other printed materials. The editorial industry makes money with the selling of books so there is no problem for them to pay a fee to obtain an ISBN number. But the Open Access movement faces another reality and it is a contradiction that free e-books published by non-profit initiatives have to pay a fee to obtain a ISBN. There are several Open Access publishers that do not bother with this and so pay the fee, but we do. If you are and author and you really want an ISBN for your e-book, then feel free to obtain it by your own.




UNAM - Mexico  City - 2007