Eurodoc Open Science Ambassador Training

Module 2 - Open Access

Module Description

The internet has drastically changed our mode and pace of communication. While science is based on the transmission of research, scholarly communication has barely evolved in the age of the internet, and is hampered by the resistance of large publishing companies and the conservative academic establishment. This webinar will explore the history of scholarly publishing and the rise of Open Access to research publications. We will look at the ways to Open Access and argue that immediate Open Access is a moral objective.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the ethical and financial reasons for the development of Open Access
  • Identify how to make research open and your rights and duties with Open Access
  • Apply Open Access to your own research and gain more impact for your research

Module Preparation

Each module focuses on a specific aspect of Open Science and consists of an optional short preparatory course by FOSTER and a webinar by a specialist on Open Science. For this module please follow the preparatory FOSTER course on Open Access Publishing. To access the FOSTER courses you need to first register on the FOSTER website. See this FAQ for any issues with the FOSTER courses.

Module Webinar

Webinar Presentations

Webinar Specialist

Bernard Rentier is a biologist specialising in virology and immunology and is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy. He has worked in the UK and USA and has been professor and rector at the University of Liège. Bernard developed the ‘Liège Model’ of mandating deposition of scholarly publications in institutional repositories and now advocates for Open Science in his retirement.

Background Literature


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