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.
Preprints are scientific papers made available before being published in a peer-reviewed journal. The Australian Research Council has banned researchers from citing them in grant applications.
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.
Universities and colleges could eliminate textbook fees if they supported the creation of open educational resources.
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.
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.
The public pays for academic research and then again to read the published results of that research. A new initiative proposes a radical Open Access model. Can it work?