The Academic Publication Service AlmaDL Journals and the New Challenges of Open Access


  • Piero Grandesso Area Biblioteche e Servizi allo Studio – AlmaDL, University of Bologna



scientific journals, Open Access, DOAJ, plagiarism, web design


AlmaDL Journals is an Open Access publishing service of the University of Bologna, Italy. After 5 years from the publication of the first paper in Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage about the service, we review the transformations and the growth it has experienced during this time span, with a look at the changes that have occurred in Open Access publishing that have driven and inspired the modifications adopted by AlmaDL Journals.


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How to Cite

Grandesso, P. (2017). The Academic Publication Service AlmaDL Journals and the New Challenges of Open Access. Conservation Science in Cultural Heritage, 17(1), 193–202.