The State of Open Access

Shauna Gordon-McKeon, , Dec 13, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interview with Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, and Elizabeth Silva, associate editor at the Public Library of Science (PLOS). While I would disagree, Silva says "PLOS is now synonymous with open access publishing." I think people outside PLOS view open access more widely. But where there is no dispute is in the value of open access. Suber says, "The lack of OA slows down research. It distorts inquiry... It hides results... It limits the correction of scientific error... It prevents the use of text and data mining to supplement human analysis with machine analysis. It hinders the reproducibility of research by excluding many who would want to reproduce it. At the same time, and ironically, it increases the inefficient duplication of research."

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