October 18, 2021

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

From Science:

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.

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About Gary Price

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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