Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access to Research

A Roundtable Discussion by the GMU Forensics Team

Open or Not? What You Need to Know About Open Access to Research
Mason Forensics Team Speech Presenters: Amelia Martin, AK Komanduri, Ian Birdwell, Joseph Dineen, and Rob Warchol

What is Open Access Week? 

The Open Access Week website calls it "an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

"'Open Access' to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole" 

In honor of Open Access Week, 5 members of the Mason Forensics Team presented speeches addressing the pros and cons of Open Access Journals and research. The members included:

Amelia Martin, civil engineering major
AK Komanduri, govenment and international politics major
Ian Birdwell, government and international politics major
Joseph Dineen, graduate student in political science
Rob Warchol, graduate student in Middle East and Islamic studies

The presentations were followed by a lively discussion resulting in what Claudia Holland, the developer of the program, called, "one of the best programs we have ever had."