Open Access Week returns for its eighth year in 2015, presenting an opportunity to learn, discuss and promote the benefits of open access academic publishing. Between 19-25 October worldwide, everybody from authors, universities, institutes to journals and publishing bodies is invited to take part by running events and engaging in the debate online.
As a manuscript editing company, we at Bioedit have a key interest in the changes, implications and challenges presented by open access models. Our service is aimed at assisting authors during the publication process, and a major part of this is the decision of where to publish. Similarly, the journals are increasingly defined by the publishing model they choose, and what this means for the availability of their content.
Open access poses important questions for the future of scientific publication, and so here we’ve collected some of the articles and posts that have interested us so far this week.
Open Access Week Events – OA Week’s homepage is the place to begin, where an interactive map is provided, listing all of the events taking place globally this week and in the near future. In addition, the website’s blog section provides a number of interesting perspectives on open access from different countries, industry sectors and backgrounds.
Common myths about open access… busted! – BioMed Central discuss some of the common myths that they’ve encountered as an open access publisher. Funding problems and perceived quality issues are probed, together with questions about institutional funding policies. If you are an author who is concerned about barriers to publishing in an open access journal, then this short read may go some way to convincing you otherwise.
Open Access Week – continuing on the journey – The Oxford University Press blog takes stock of the progress made by open access over the years since OA week began, and in particular, the changes made in the UK since the publication of the Finch report in 2012. Although accepting that the OA movement is ‘undeniably a good thing’, the blog concedes the difficulties that have been faced in getting to where we are today in 2015 before asking the question of what the future holds for OA.
Open for Collaboration: Why open access publishing creates more networking opportunities for young scientists – The PLOS Student blog here focuses on the relevance that OA has for scientists early on their career. By making their research as widely available as possible, the article explains, budding scientists open up opportunities for discussion with the wider scientific community. With social media and microblogging presenting new channels for academic discourse, early career researchers can have their say and connect with more senior scientists, furthering not only their education but the impact they can have in their field.
Competition benefits open access – This post over at the SpringerOpen blog makes the brief, but pertinent point that open access has renewed the onus on journals and publishers to compete for the best research by offering the best possible products and services. The end result should mean a win-win situation for authors and publishers alike, and most importantly, for the science they promote at large.
Wellcome Trust: 10 years of OA – Finally, with the exciting breaking news this week that the Wellcome Trust aims to increase their spending to £5 billion over the next 5 years, they take a look back at what they have achieved as part of the drive toward OA with this interactive timeline.