On the Road to Unrestricted Access to Scientific Information: The Open Access Movement

  • Pali U. K. De SilvaEmail author
  • Candace K. Vance
Part of the Fascinating Life Sciences book series (FLS)


Unrestricted access to scientific literature is considered essential for the pursuit and advancement of science. The issues related to restrictions imposed by the traditional subscription-based journal access model on free and unrestricted access to scientific information prompted the pursuit of alternative journal publishing models, and the open access (OA) movement was born. The OA publishing model is evolving, gaining support of the academic and research communities, research funders, policymakers, and even the traditional journal publishers. The discussion in this chapter covers the developments related to unrestricted access to scientific information, different OA publishing models, strengths, and issues related to two major models—Green (self-archiving) model and Gold (author-paid) model , concerns related to the quality of OA journals , and the emergence of predatory journals that abuse the author-paid OA model. In addition, the findings of studies that examine the impact of OA journals related to subscription-based journals are discussed.


Scholarly journal publishing Subscription-based journal publishing Open access movement Open access publishing models Green open access Gold open access Subject repositories 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Murray State UniversityMurrayUSA

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