In accordance with major definitions of open access in scientific literature (namely the Budapest, Berlin, and Bethesda declarations), BRI defines open access by the following conditions:
• Peer-reviewed literature is freely available without subscription or price barriers.
• Literature is immediately released in open access format (no embargo period), and published material can be re-used without obtaining permission as long as a correct citation to the original publication is given.
All articles published by BRI are made immediately available worldwide under an open access license. This means:
• Everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles published in BRI journals.
• Open access publication is supported by the authors' institutes or research funding agencies by payment of a comparatively low Article Processing Charge (APC) for accepted articles.
• Free for readers, with article processing charges (APC) paid by authors or their funding bodies or institutions.
• High quality and rigorous peer review. Open access publications run through the same peer review, production and publishing processes similar to journals and books published under the traditional subscription-based model do.
• Authors retain copyright. The use of a Creative Commons License enables authors/editors to retain copyright to their work. Publications can be reused and redistributed as long as the original author is correctly attributed.
• Rapid publication. A streamlined and easy to use online submission and production process enables quick review, approval and publication.
• No space constraints. Publishing online means unlimited space for supplementary material including figures, extensive data and video footage.
• Compliance with open access mandates. Open access publications can comply with open access mandates from funding sources or academic institutions in the fastest and easiest way. Final articles can be deposited into bibliographic databases and institutional repositories without any embargo periods.
• Citation tracking and inclusion in bibliographic databases. Open access journals are tracked for impact factors and are deposited into bibliographic databases and institutional repositories without any embargo period just as traditional journals. The full text of all BRI articles is immediately available to all without registration or subscription. This means that search engines such as Google Scholar can index them fully, greatly increasing their visibility. Some are indexed by Clarivate Analytics and hence searchable through Web of Science and other Thomson Reuters products. Many of those have been awarded Impact Factors.