Keywords: institutional repositories, open access journals, scientific communication, scholarly communication, sustainable development, developing countries, science, sustainability
The communication of science and technology in a sustainable future
Scientific research in developing countries suffers from lack of access to information in scientific journals because subscriptions are expensive. Open Access can resolve this, by providing developed-world research at no cost. It also resolves the other major problem for developing countries, which is how to disseminate the results of their own scientific efforts effectively to the developed world. Open Access can be achieved by publication in Open Access journals, of which there are currently around 3500, or by the development of institutional collections of published outputs which are made openly available over the Web.