This presentation acommodated a talk I held at the 14th PhD retreat of the two Berlin life science institutes MDC and FMP. Other participants included Zena Werb (UCSF), Helmut Kettenmann (MDC), Paul Schultze-Motel (Helmholtz OA Office) and Angelika Lex (Elsevier).
The main introductory points have bee adressed by a moderator before, so I don't introduce definitions of green and gold open access. The talk is focused on open access journals (what is commonly perceived as "the" open access) and the PhD's students view on it, but also mentions the possibility of deposition of "unfree" publications in publicly accessable repositories ("green OA") as an alternative.
The goal of the discussion and the presentation was to raise awareness for the journal crisis, the possibility of funding and fee waivers in OA journals, and scientist's vs. publisher's interests.