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Models of Open Access to Peer-Reviewed Research: Cross-Continental Comparison

Open access (OA) is a multifaceted concept that is broadly defined as "removing all access barriers to information". OA movement officially started in the U.S. during the first decade of the 21st century. However, OA existed in different forms in different countries prior to the founding of the OA movement. OA models vary from country to country. The main objective of this study is to investigate the differences in approaches to OA in several countries: from developing countries of the former soviet bloc to the developed countries on two continents (USA and Singapore) and prepare a literature review comparing OA approaches in these countries. Preparing literature review on the subject will serve as a first stage of a bigger study for which Im planning to apply for external grants and prepare scholarly publications. This project is an extension of my previous work on cultural interpretation of peer-to-peer file sharing and copyright in the former Soviet bloc.

Tasks and responsibilities:

The student will need to search internet, online databases and online repositories, as well library resources for materials regarding OA in different countries.