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The battle for open access to tax payer funded academic literature is far from over

The battle for open access to tax payer funded academic literature is far from over

"It’s now 25 years since the birth of the web, and more than 15 years since people started discussing open access. Yet we are still a long way from seeing the majority of the academic literature being open access."

Virginia Barbour, Executive Officer, Australasian Open Access Support Group, Australian National University explains the difference between 'free' and 'open access', how the consolidation of journal ownership by a handful of for-profit publishers is impacting access and much more:


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"Patients scouring the internet for the latest information about rare medical conditions, scholars in the developing world, and practitioners who want to apply evidence-based research to challenges they face every day, are just a few examples of groups who benefit from open access."

To mark the eighth annual Open Access week, six academics answer questions on how Open Access can work:

Building on this, Alex O. Holcombe, Associate Professor, School of Psychology, University of Sydney, Australia says in his article Science is best when the data is an open book

"Open access to articles is important, but we need to open up the data too. Do we need to start an international Open Data Week? In a better system of science, data sharing would be de rigueur.":

For clinical trials records, we have the AllTrials Campaign - All Trials Registered | All Results Reported, which has been posted about previously here:



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