If you aren't sure what Open Access means or why it is an important movement in academic scholarship, please take about 8 minutes to watch the video below. Created by Jorge ChaM of PhD Comics, with the voices of Nick Shockey, from SPARC, and Jonathan Eisen, an evolutionary biologist at UC Davis.
For more information, visit the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) site on Open Access.
Open Access publishing takes two forms, dubbed green and gold OA. To help determine which one might be right for you, check out the chart below.
Open Access is only one piece of a larger movement towards the open (and free or low-cost) exchange of knowledge and ideas. These movements have grown out of the ubiquity of inexpensive technology and internet access, as a way to try and level the playing field and encourage advancements in education, technology, and discovery. You will find more in-depth explanations and resources to explore about other movements on the Open Movements & Resources tab.