New symbol to denote true open access (e.g. to scholarly literature), analogous to the copyright symbol

From: Jan Velterop <>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 11:14:50 +0000

May I propose a new Unicode symbol to denote true open access, for instance applied to scholarly literature, in a similar way that and denote copyright and registered trademarks respectively? The proposed symbol is an encircled lower case letter a, in particular in a font where the a has a 'tail', as in a font like Arial, for instance, and not as in a font like Century Gothic.

A sketch of what I have in mind is here:

The intended use would be for documents and images that have been published with so-called BOAI-compliant open access (, meaning that all reuse is permitted, with the only permissible condition that the author(s) should be acknowledged (CC_BY licence: This condition would not be mandatory, and also public domain, CC-0 licences would be denoted by the proposed symbol (

I am seeking comments and support for this proposal.

Jan Velterop
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Received on Fri Mar 21 2014 - 09:13:31 CDT

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