This report sets out to explore what Open Access means, especially in the context of publishing research in the global South, how it has evolved as a philosophical and practical tool for scholarly communication, and how these publishing modes are currently being used to redress some of the imbalances, which currently exist within the traditional models of scholarly communication.
The authors then go on to examine the current and potential uses of open access in the context of the developing world; questions if, within these contexts, a different open access-based approach is required, and makes recommendations for this. The report is based on case studies from Brazil, India and South Africa.
Chan, L.; Gray, E.; Kahn, R. Open Access and development: journals and beyond. Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Brighton, UK (2012) 43 pp.