Posts tagged ‘open access’

I have been paying attention to the ongoing discussion on open access to scientific research in the news media and have collected a number of interesting articles.  Here I will keep a record of a few interesting ones

2012-11-08 From the Guardian: “Open Access: ‘we no longer need expensive publishing networks‘”

2012-06-19 From the New Scientist: “Set science free from publishers’ paywalls

2012-04-17 From the Harvard Faculty Advisory Council Memorandum on Journal Pricing: “Major Periodical Subscriptions Cannot Be Sustained

I once wrote about the difficulty in getting access to the research papers here and I had to ask my friends from my home country to download that for me. The expensive journal subscription is obviously one reason that caused the problem. Obviously publishing in high-quality, open access journals with publisher like PLOS and BMC can be a good solution. However for many practical reasons, i.e. to survive and be recognized, scientists often do not act what they advocate is good. Let’s hope the field can wise up and treasure what is actually important to us.

Dr. Winston Hide decides to resigns from his associate editor position of Genomics because of the expensive subscription rate of the journal precludes many in accessing important articles that are important for public health.

From The Guardian:

Today I resigned from the editorial board of a well respected journal in my field – Genomics. No longer can I work for a system that provides solid profits for the publisher while effectively denying colleagues in developing countries access to research findings.

A respectable decision! I must say that the situation in the developed countries is getting worse too. And I often have to ask my friends to download papers for me. Thus, publishing in open-access journals is a good alternative*. However, when the research budget is tight, who is going to pay for the publication fee?

*Disclaimer: I am an academic editor of PLoS ONE because I support their publication philosophy. This article reflects my personal view and does not reflect the Journal’s position.