The unintended negative consequences of the drive towards open access publishing are becoming 4 increasingly apparent. This paper examines the nature of access publishing from the perspectives of 5 authors and readers, considering issues of payment and ownership, and the question of open access 6 for data. It discusses the origins of open access, its costs and the extent to which delivers on its 7 aims, and reviews its advantages and disadvantages, including economic restrictions on access to 8 publishing, the rise in predatory journals and degradation of quality control, and the consequent 9 potential of open access to damage the standing of science in society. There is a need for greater for 10 greater rigour in choice of publication outlets, the promotion of benign open access options (e.g. 11 avoidance of predatory journals), and to ensure that funding bodies and policymakers are aware of 12 publishing. Given the recognised importance of “crafting the message”, i.e. communicating 13 scientific results to each category of end-users in the most appropriate way, it should also be asked 14 why the “one size fits all” solution of publishing results in open access journal papers (the format of 15 which is still off-putting to the casual reader) is considered necessary.
|Name||Discussion Paper in Economics|
|Publisher||University of Aberdeen|
- open access