Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these results—to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives. - definition from SPARC
Ppt presentation which gives an overview of scholarly publishing, explains problems with the current model, and ways that open access can help address those problems. Download or open the file to see slide notes.