Wednesday, July 25, 2012

More on open access journals

Continuing my series of posts on open access journals (see here and here), this article by Simon Owens in U.S. News is an excellent and detailed review of the debate. The article compares open access journals to e-books: while e-books have existed for a long time, it is only in the last five years that they have really taken off, after reaching a tipping point. Owens argues that open access journals have reached that tipping point, and the academic journal publishing business (known for the huge profits they extract from university libraries) is on the verge of serious disruption.

I tend to agree with his assessment, open access journals have been flying largely under the radar for a long time, but I get the sense that they are becoming more accepted among the top researchers: when more top researchers publish in open-access journals, they will gain credibility.

The old publishing model is being destroyed by greed: journals are just too expensive, and suck too much money out of universities that should be spent funding research and paying people's salaries. Open access is the future of scientific publishing.