Open Access

Central Asia and the Caucasus is committed to providing open access to all its content, ensuring that research is freely available to the public and that it supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Below are the key components of our open access policy.

1. Open Access Commitment

Central Asia and the Caucasus operates under an open-access model, which means that all articles are freely available online immediately upon publication. This promotes the widest possible dissemination of research, enabling readers to access, read, and utilize the information without financial, legal, or technical barriers.

2. Benefits of Open Access

  • Enhanced Visibility and Impact: Open access articles are available to a broader audience, which can lead to increased citations and greater impact within the academic community and beyond.
  • Global Accessibility: Researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and the general public worldwide can access the latest research without subscription barriers.
  • Knowledge Sharing: Facilitates the sharing of knowledge and promotes collaboration across disciplines and geographic boundaries.

3. Publication License

All articles published in Central Asia and the Caucasus are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). This license permits the following:

  • Sharing: Copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
  • Adaptation: Remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Terms of the CC BY 4.0 License:

  • Attribution: Proper credit must be given to the original author(s), a link to the license must be provided, and any changes made must be indicated. The attribution should not suggest that the authors or Central Asia and the Caucasus endorse the use of the material.
  • No Additional Restrictions: No legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits should be applied.

4. Author Rights and Responsibilities

  • Copyright Ownership: Authors retain the copyright of their work. This means authors have the right to use their articles in any way they wish, including posting them on personal or institutional websites, sharing them on social media, and using them in their teaching.
  • Granting of Rights: By submitting their manuscripts to Central Asia and the Caucasus, authors grant the journal the right to publish the work as the first publisher.

5. Archiving and Preservation

To ensure the long-term preservation of its content, Central Asia and the Caucasus participates in digital archiving initiatives such as LOCKSS and CLOCKSS. This ensures that research remains accessible and preserved for future generations.

6. Compliance with Funding Requirements

Publishing with Central Asia and the Caucasus under the CC BY 4.0 license ensures compliance with the open access requirements of many funding bodies, which often mandate that research outputs be freely available and reusable.

7. No Article Processing Charges (APCs)

Central Asia and the Caucasus does not charge authors for article processing fees, making it an equitable platform for researchers from all economic backgrounds to publish their work.

Contact Information

For any questions or additional information regarding our open access policy, please contact us at

By adhering to this open access policy, Central Asia and the Caucasus ensures the widest possible dissemination and impact of research, supporting the advancement of knowledge and fostering academic collaboration.