January 23, 2021

Article: "Open Access Comes of Age"

From a Nature Article by John Whitfield:

The trends “show the success of open access”, says Peter Suber, director of the Open Access project at the non-profit lobby group Public Knowledge in Washington DC. So far, he adds, the open-access movement has not imperilled commercial publishers. “The predictions of harm are being proven to be false.”

But not all advocates of open access are satisfied with its progress. “The growth rate is portrayed as dramatic, but it’s not dramatic at all if the goal is 100% open access,” says Stevan Harnad, a cognition researcher at the University of Southampton, UK. Other ways to make papers freely accessible, such as self-archiving and hybrid journals, which allow authors to choose whether to pay for open access, are also growing only linearly, he says. “The rate is much too low for the needs of research.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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