What is Open Access?

Open Access is a major current issue within scholarly communiation.  An excellent definition is given by openaccessweek.org:

“Open access is a growing international movement that uses the internet to throw open the locked doors that once hid knowledge. Encouraging the unrestricted sharing of research results with everyone, the open access movement is gaining ever more momentum around the world as research funders and policy makers put their weight behind it.”

Every year, a week is dedicated to the promotion of open access.  This year’s Open Access Week runs from the 21 – 27 October 2013.

PhD Comics have produced the following short introduction to open access and its importance to scholarly communication:

If you would like more detailed information, we recommend one of the following sites:

Budapest Open Access Initiative

Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing

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