|1. Who are
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, while
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
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 means publication in digital format, e-books is
the name given to books that are produced and distributed in the
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 was born from a, now mythical, meeting
in Paris where authors discussed the restrictins and nature of the
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
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 some of 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. ISBN numbers are
optional for us.