In this unit, participants will examine the current economics of publishing and its impacts on academia; authors’ rights and intellectual property and the connection to publisher agreements and negotiations; and models for open access, including the challenges and opportunities it affords.

Big Ideas

As you work your way through the modules on Open Access, reflect on the following questions:

  • How does the academy contribute to inequalities within the publishing ecosystem?
  • What is the value of my intellectual property?
  • Are there unintended consequences to engaging in open access?

For this unit, you will complete:


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