Making publicly-funded research immediately available for free would mean we all have access to information that could help us understand the world around us.
Secondary publishing rights could facilitate immediate open access to publicly funded research and foster global innovation and discovery.
Open access journals make peer-reviewed research available to anyone interested.
Some open access journals — those that don’t charge their readers a fee — require that researchers pay to publish with them. Removing author fees helps more researchers to publish their work.
Lack of free access to research leads to discrimination, both in academia and for us all. The new guidance from the US is a huge step in the right direction.
Making scientific research free to read could bolster collaboration and research on solving problems such as pandemics, climate change and more. The UN has taken a step towards realising this goal.
Open access to COVID-19 research accelerated the development of solutions. The urgency of climate change demands the same approach, but more than half of Australian research is still behind paywalls.
The idea is publicly funded Australian research should be free for the public to read when published. But if it means taking money from universities struggling for research funding, that poses risks.
The knowledge generated by scientists must be shared equally worldwide.
We need to guarantee that the benefits of sciences are shared between scientists and the general public, without restriction. Peru and Brazil are leading the way.
An ‘open’ approach to hardware could make production bottlenecks a thing of the past.
In many other countries, a majority of research publications are now open access, but the system of paying for access still dominates academic publishing in Australia.
Open scholarship and the use of corporate software services such as Zoom are not always compatible.
For science to be open, one can reasonably think that it would have to use open software. However, being completely open is not that easy.
Higher education should provide access for as many people as possible to fulfil their potential as individuals. Leaders in higher education must be ready to examine what it will take to achieve this.
India’s plan indicates that commercial publishers are winning over the application of the open access system to make scholarly literature available for everyone.
Dasapta Erwin Irawan
All modern scientists should share ownership of their knowledge and research.
Opening up public access to scientific literature is a first step.
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Indonesia has seen progress in open research ecosystem development. More needs to be done.
Scientists and science publishers are sharing information as fast as they can during the COVID-19 pandemic. Speed and openness bring new challenges, but they are the way forward for research.
Network of Covid-19 projects on the JOGL platform.
Individually, we are all helpless in the face of the coronavirus crisis. A global collaborative boom is changing the way science is done.
Employees in the DaAn Gene laboratory in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China.
But there are also risks to open science.
Universities have a responsibility to reduce barriers in student learning, and one way to do this is through creating textbooks that are free to students.
Universities and colleges could eliminate textbook fees if they supported the creation of open educational resources.
For now, it’s going to be trickier for the University of California community to access some academic journals.
The UC libraries let their Elsevier journal subscriptions lapse and now the publisher has cut their online access. It’s a painful milestone in the fight UC hopes may transform how journals get paid.
Open access journals come with hidden costs.
An urgent discussion is needed around the cost of research publications.
Libraries subscribe digitally to academic journals – and are left with nothing in the stacks when the contract expires.
Digital publishing hasn’t resulted in the free and open access to information many envisioned. Universities are increasingly fed up with a system they see as charging them for their own scholars’ labor.