Open Access publishing: An overview


Bill Town, Kilmorie Consulting, 24A Elsinore Road, London, SE23 2SL, England
Open Access free online accessibility of research papers is already one of the most heated in the field of scholarly communications and is currently the focus of a Parliamentary Inquiry in the UK. Open Access can be achieved in two ways: either author self-, institutional- or subject-based archiving of papers in parallel with publication in traditional subscription-based journals, or the conversion of journals themselves to a free-to-access business model, where costs are covered by payment on behalf of the author rather than on behalf of the reader. A brief historical overview of developments in Open Access will be given as an introduction to the two sessions dedicated to considering aspects of Open Access.