Theories of Open Access [accepted manuscript]

Olukunle Rotimi Ola, Australian Catholic University


This article is an acknowledgement of the gap and frustrations created by a legal regime which has provided the requisite legal covering for the exclusion of the generality from access to knowledge. It provides a theoretical analysis of open access from a multi-dimensional perspective inclusive of socio-economic, legal and political dimensions and explores the rationale for providing free, immediate, open and unrestricted access to the output of research. It seeks to identify and demonstrate the potential benefits of the open access movement to national and global development.