Part II. Open Access Publishing: The Key to Scholarly Communication in the Public Sphere

These changes in higher education and scholarly communication are intricately connected to the debates happening around, “open access.”

Open Access (OA) stands for unrestricted access and reuse.People’s lives can sometimes depend on the work that researchers publish. This is particularly true when it comes to pressing health issues, such as HIV/AIDS. For research that may not be as immediately applicable to human survival, open access is still important. Here’s more on why that matters, from PLOS.

In the U.S., the new Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA), now makes it a requirementto make publicly-funded research  available “free online public access.”  The FRPAA requires publications be made open access  “as soon as practicable” after publication (Section 4.b.4), but no later than six months after publication.

In this section, a group of experts in the intricacies of open access contribute their insights to this volume.