The Battle For Full Open Access

open accessScientific journals haven’t exactly welcomed open access with open arms. The battle for full open access has been ongoing for many years. Academic publishers are happy with their healthy profit margins delivered through paywalls and subscription fees.

Despite the demands of funding organisations, the results have often fallen short of expectations. But that was before one of the world’s most influential global health charities had its say on the matter.

What has been described by the journal Nature as the “world’s strongest policy on open access” has finally come into effect. In an announcement on Science last month, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation confirmed a year-long agreement to “expand access to high-quality scientific publishing” through their partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

This means that for the next 12 months, Gates-funded research published in any AAAS journal will be free to access, read and download as soon as it is published.

The Gates Foundation has been promoting a greater level of open access for scientific research for some time, and this announcement is a continuation of these efforts.

In an industry punctuated by funders allowing embargoes before research is available under open access terms, this requirement by the Gates Foundation is a brave step forward.

This could be a defining moment in the open access movement. It’s no secret that compliance surrounding open access has been an ongoing challenge. But it is one that’s being addressed through more integrated workflows and innovative approaches.

Find out more from the frontline of open access in The Winning Move for Open Access seminar, sponsored by Ixxus and CCC, at the London Book Fair on Wednesday 15 March.

Date Published : 15th of March 2017

Steve Odart

Published by : Steve Odart

About the Author : Steve Odart is the founder of Ixxus, with 28 years experience in the publishing industry. He started life at the London College of Printing, following his grandfather into the printing industry. He spent many years working with Quark through its launch of Quark XPress, and the Quark Publishing System, before setting up a publishing division within one of the UK’s largest Sun Microsystems Resellers. He then joined Oracle, as EMEA Business Development Director – Publishing and Media, prior to founding Ixxus in 2004. Steve has an extensive knowledge of publishing past, present and future, and has worked with the majority of the largest global publishers in his career to date.