The costs of subscribing to scientific journals are notoriously high. Universities and libraries all over the world struggle with shrinking budgets and rocketing subscription prices. The system where publicly funded research is published behind pay walls has a long story of contention. One of the reoccurring arguments, of course, is a dissemination of Open Access model.
Open Access was designed to reduce the cost of publication and to allow free access to scientific achievements for the global readership. Although Open Access is not a publishing model without any costs, it does however compete on many levels with the traditional method of publishing, which has simply become too expensive. This situation was brought to light in the announcement made last year by Harvard University that it cannot afford subscriptions any more.
Open Access provides scientists from around the world with new opportunities to publish their research articles and books from specialized fields of science and to make them available for free to all who want to read them. It also helps to increase the visibility and the level of citation. The number of scientists choose to publish their works in Open Access is visibly growing, and that results in the rapid explosion of niche OA journals. One of the good examples for the latter is a recently released fully peer-reviewed journal: OncomiRs.
With an ever increasing number of scientific articles published on a daily basis, alongside a growing number of publishing outlets, it has become increasingly difficult to attract attention to Open Access journal newcomers. A Blog Article by Kamil Mizera and Witold Kieńć. Promoting journals across and beyond the scholarly world, such as among scientists, prospective authors, journalists and wider public, is a key to a successful launch of a journal. Content is king, many might say – but having the contents reach the scientists poses a challenge in the increasingly scattered scientific publishing landscape. If you want the contents of […]
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.
The benefits of Open Access publishing have been discussed in numerous places; they are well understood and appreciated by many people by now. Whether it is a question of reaching a dramatically wider audience, or improving ones chances to be read and cited, Open Access offers those benefits. On a broader plain, open and free access is of direct benefit to the scientific community and to society at large. Alas, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Books and journals are published at a cost and someone – at some point, has to pay, so that those who […]