Global Open Access: Shifting Aims, Important Implications
Tracing its roots back to scholar-led online initiatives in the 1990s, Open Access has since become both a political movement to democratise scholarly knowledge and a highly profitable business model that threatens Open Access by imposing new costs on scholarly publishing. Insufficient attention has been paid to the structure and hidden costs of various models of Open Access, and their implications for scholars from low resource disciplines and research environments. Is Open Access a universal good, or is there a need to reflect on how scholarly openness is structured, and to ensure that it operates according to standards of epistemic justice and decolonization of knowledge? This research seminar will explore shifting debates about Open Access.