Open Marine Archive (OMA)
The Open Marine Archive gives free access to the digital collection of the work of Flemish/Belgian marine researchers. It holds peer-reviewed articles, pre-prints, locally published articles, press releases, reports, symposium contributions, presentations, scientific posters, theses, photos, videos, etc.
The purpose of OMA is to give immediate, permanent and free access to published and non-published research results of Flemish/Belgian marine scientists. This enhances the visibility, distribution and use of these results, and it supports a much better scientific communication.
This initiative will only be successful with the active support of the marine research community. Each Flemish/Belgian marine scientist is invited to contribute to this digital marine archive and
to post their own publications.
OMA is a fully legal project
In OMA, VLIZ only releases those publications for which the publishers agree on the concept and principles of open digital archives. Concerning grey literature: in most cases the author can give permission to submit grey publications to a digital archive. Furthermore, the VLIZ Scientific Council and the VLIZ Board of Directors fully support this marine archive.
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OMA is free to use. However, some basic rules do apply:
These digital documents can be downloaded and saved for personal use only.
Reproduction or further distribution, partly or in whole, in any format, of these documents, is not allowed
Each publication should be cited to its original format. Please use the reference how it is presented in the IMIS-database
When using parts of, or whole publications in your own work, permission from the author(s) or copyright holder(s) is always needed.
This archive is managed according to the principles of the Open Access Movement, and the Open Archive Initiative. More information on these principles can be found here.