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.
There’s huge societal value in opening up access to knowledge resources.
Globally, the scholarly publishing system is in dire need of financial and legislative change.
Announced on May 15 2018, the government’s Research Investment Strategy directs $1.9 billion towards hard infrastructure.
"Soft" infrastructure includes the services, policies or practices that keep academic research working and open. Without a funded, coordinated national approach the private sector may take control.
Soon you could be looking at microscopic creatures with your mobile phone.
Even though you don’t think of your mobile phone as being anything like a microscope, it’s got almost all the parts you need.
Research findings are published in peer-reviewed academic journals, many of which charge universities subscription fees.
Universities in New Zealand spent close to US$15 million on subscriptions to just four publishers in 2016, data that was only released following a request to the Ombudsman.
Data should be open, shareable - but not at the expense of African researchers and communities.
A focus on collaboration among African universities and research institutions is crucial in developing national policies that meet the principles of open data while keeping it safe from exploitation.
Locking articles away behind a paywall stifles access.
In our institutions of higher education and our research labs, scholars first produce, then buy back, their own content. With the costs rising and access restricted, something's got to give.
There is a huge appetite for science and other research - so why aren’t more academic publications truly ‘open access’?
Could the real open access please stand up? If more research was published according to true open access principles, we'd see better application of evidence for everyone's benefit.
A critical part of attaining universal health coverage is access to published research.
Clinicians can do their jobs better when they have quick, open access to scientifically rigorous research.
South Africa has become the first country on the continent to purchase a national licence to the Cochrane library -- giving everyone access to evidence-based information about health care.
Opening up data and materials helps with research transparency.
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Partly in response to the so-called 'reproducibility crisis' in science, researchers are embracing a set of practices that aim to make the whole endeavor more transparent, more reliable – and better.