Report: “Open Access Takes Flight: A New Mandate Highlights Costs, Benefits of Making All Scientific Articles Free To Read”
Note: Article also published at: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/01/new-mandate-highlights-costs-benefits-making-all-scientific-articles-free-read
The open-access movement, which aims to speed the progress of science by making research articles immediately free to read when published, will get a boost starting this month, when Plan S—an unprecedented mandate for open access by a group of mostly European funders—begins to take effect. Among other recent advances for open access: In 2017, for the first time, the majority of new papers across all scholarly disciplines were freed from paywalls; and in 2020, most major publishers removed paywalls from articles about COVID-19. But a leading business model for open access requires institutions or authors to pay a fee to make an article free to read on publication, a model that critics call unsustainable and unfair.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.