Open Access Week: Learn. Share. Advance. (Oct. 24-30)

Open Access Week October 24-30, 2011Open Access Week is a global event, now in its 5th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.


A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access
by Peter Suber
Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.

OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.

OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered.

Guides to how Open Access and
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