Open Access (2) What is Open Access?

22 July, 2019

Dear HIFA colleagues,

Welcome to our new sponsored HIFA thematic discussion:


During this week we shall explore the following questions:

What is open access? What is the difference between open access and free access? What are the different types of open access?

To contribute to the discussion, please send an email to:

Please forward this message to your contacts and invite them to join us via our landing page here:

We are grateful to The Lancet and Elsevier for providing sponsorship for this thematic discussion.

Special thanks to HIFA intern Catriona Grant who has helped with the preparation of this discussion, including a comprehensive background paper which is available here:

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Access to Health Research

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