1. Introduction to Open Access in Context

This section covers the history and principles of Open Access in general and Open Access publishing in particular, and debates surrounding the Open Access concept.  The method of delivery is mainly in text format with occasional video files and tables. 

On completion of this section, you will gain knowledge on the principles of Open Access and their application to scholarly publishing.

Thinking points

  • Have you ever had a debate with a colleague about Open Access?
  • If you have, were you for or against Open Access?
  • How did you support your arguments?