The death by suicide of 26-year-old Aaron Swartz – an American activist and advocate of open access, open data, and openness in science, has touched many and sparked off a heated debate on the Internet and in other public media. Many people ask how such […]
Some time ago, UNESCO released a very interesting study on Open Access – its brief history, objectives, methods of publication; the benefits of OA, and the development strategies for the model. It is worth taking a closer look at this publication, since it contains some […]
JSTOR has granted free public access to parts of its archives, containing millions of scientific articles. This decision does not necessarily mean that JSTOR is moving completely towards Open Access, but it is certainly good news for anyone looking for free research materials.
Every year an increasing number of books and journals are published in Open Access, and there is little doubt that it has become a significant part of the world of science. Still, Open Access is facing many problems – one of which is the editorial […]
The Finch report and the new British policy for Open Access have been discussed for several months now. In short, it has been decided that publicly funded research should be published in Open Access, more specifically, in a Gold OA model. Meanwhile, a new Open […]
The Hindu newspaper recently published a highly revealing interview with Leslie Chan, champion of the Open Access Initiative, about the impact of Open Access on scientific development. A few extracts from the interview in particular deserve some additional comments.