Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Supporting Open Access for 20 years: Five issues that have slowed the transition to full and immediate OA

Stephen Downes

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It's true that "OA has become mainstream, global and, I believe, ultimately irreversible," but as this article notes, only around "50% of the world's research articles are published open access." Is this a success? It depends on your perspective, I guess. The author outlines five major reasons why open access isn't 100% yet: slow reforms in researcher assessment, inequitable business models based on article publication charges, funders and institutions not collaborating, focus on commercial publishers in the media, and issues related to rights retention. I've seen all of these myself. And I've also seen that many researchers and academic writers simply don't care whether they're publishing open access or not. 

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