Benefits of Open Access

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.
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