Welcome to Open Access in Media Studies, your guide to open access publishing, aimed at media scholars. The information on this website hopes to give context to all sorts of publishing programs, used terms, licensing issues, copyright questions, business models (old and new) and new arriving publication formats in Open Access and that could be useful for scholars in media studies. It’s all about sharing best practices.

This site offers a glossary and a page with resources about Open Access funding opportunities and a list of publishers with an Open Access publishing program. Is this a complete list? No, OAmediastudies will regularly update this information. The glossary will organically grow in the near future.

What you won’t find here is a list or database of all Open Access content published by publishers or scholars. For a great list of Open Access output in film and media studies I suggest looking at the blog filmstudiesforfree, curated by Catherine Grant.


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“Open access has to be the wave of the academic future – indeed it should be the present. Given how limited the circulation of printed monographs and journals is, this is really the best way to share one’s research and ideas, and get feedback from those who’ve actually read them.” – Professor Ian Christie, FBA, Birkbeck College, University


“Why Open Access? Don’t privatise your research! Be a public intellectual! Contribute to the common good! What’s it all really for if we don’t share the work we love and value in the most open and the most accessible ways possible?” – Dr Catherine Grant, Film Studies For Free and [in]Transition.


“In a time when research is not always held as a priority in the public debate, open access has become researchers’ strongest asset to ensure knowledge exchange and promote diversified thinking.” – Professor Giovanna Fossati, University of Amsterdam and Chief Curator, EYE Filmmuseum, the Netherlands.


“When researching an article or writing a book, to know that it will be available worldwide via open access is a great incentive. It compensates for one’s efforts in ways as stimulating as peer recognition and can be even more satisfying than royalties.” – Em. Professor Thomas Elsaesser, FBA, University of Amsterdam.