“Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.” Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent.
*Director of the Harvard Open Access project, Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College
Open Access is a movement in academia designed to provide the broadest possible access to research and scholarship while still protecting the faculty’s right to determine how to best showcase this research and scholarship.
Peter Suber director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication and a senior researcher at Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), his blog provides detailed description of Open Access at http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm
A brief overview to those new to open access is available from the Open Access Directory is available at http://oad.simmons.edu/oadwiki/New_to_Open_Access%3F