OA is an increasingly popular method for distributing the findings of scientific research.
The general principles of open access are to provide original research articles to anyone with Web access free of charge for download, reading, remix, and redistribution .
When an expert scientific article is first written, it is intended for one audience. Therefore once the article is deemed “important” the knowledge that it holds must be relayed to the general public.
This task is given to “science accommodators” (Fahnestock, 334).
Despite being freely available on the Web, research articles are not by default linguistically or conceptually accessible to the global public(s) they are partially intended to reach with the move to OA.
In this paper we examine how OA, coupled with innovative scientific communication practices, can help align the ideals of OA with the realities of complex, specialized genres of writing to provide better, more “open,” access to research.
Advocates of OA often advance a moral position as well.