“The benefits of open access have been proved beyond doubt….
National science agencies from nations including the UK, Australia, Italy, the United States and Brazil called for publishers to make coronavirus research immediately and freely accessible, which in the most part they did.
But the very need for these groups to call for research to be made available in the middle of a global emergency demonstrates the failure of the current publishing system. Making research immediately free to read, which, when combined with the use of an open publishing licence, is known as open access’ is a hot topic in science.
Global health bodies know how important open research is, especially in times of emergency, which is why they have repeatedly called for research to be made open….
The consequences of lack of access to research can be dire.
In 2015 a group of African researchers claimed that an earlier Ebola outbreak could have been prevented if research on it had been published openly….
As 2023 unfolds, it seems that the benefits of open access have been proved beyond doubt.
The next emergency in front of us, climate change, is much more complex, and there too are calls for open access.
Serious investment in a variety of approaches is essential to ensure a diverse, equitable, open access future.”