Different stakeholders in the system of scholarly communications can and will benefit from no restricted access to research and data:
- Researchers as authors: immediate visibility for research output and thus increased visibility and usage of their results. Open Access may even lead to an increase of impact.
- Researchers looking for information: access to literature everywhere, not only from a campus but also from any site with wifi access.
- Funding agencies: increased return on investment (ROI), increased visibility.
- Universities & research institutes: greater visibility, clearer management information.
- Libraries: increased access for target audience, financially a more attractive model than the current subscription model.
- Teachers & students: unrestricted access to material, enriched education, allowing equality of learning in poor as well as in rich nations.
- Science: enhanced and accellerated research cycle.
- Citizens & society: access to knowledge / access to the results of publicly funded research.
- Enterprises: access to critical information.
- Publishers: transparent business model, ultimate online article distribution, ultimate visibility for articles.
Collective challenges in the system of scholarly communications
- The need for researchers to maximise the dissemination and impact of their research;
- The need for readers to have access to the full corpus of relevant research literature;
- The possibility of creating a continuum of integrated scholarly information, from raw data to peer-reviewed publications;
- The development of open access models;
- The emerging technical standards to facilitate open archiving;
- The need for organisational structures to ensure access to digital archives;
- The complexities of intellectual property rights and copyright issues;
- Restrictive license conditions;
- The disproportionate levels of library budgets spent on journal subscriptions, particularly in the science, technical, and medical (STM) areas;
- The concentration of a significant part of scholarly output in the hands of a small but highly influential number of commercial publishers;
- A widespread reluctance to cancel print until electronic archiving arrangements are secure.