Was this the year open access for science reached critical mass?
One hypothesis suggests that a transformative group needs to reach one-third to be prominent and persisting.
Rogers’ theory on the diffusion of innovations that will eventually reach saturation level says the first 2.5% are innovators. By the time you get to 16% the phase of early adopters could be ending.
If that’s the trajectory that accessible scientific publications is on, one estimate suggests it went past early adopter level in 2011, when about 17% of scholarly articles were available within 12 months (12% immediately). There had been just under 8% published in open access journals in 2009.
Open access isn’t evenly spread among all disciplines though. One estimate of the growth of accessible publications indexed in the massive biomedical literature PubMed was that it grew from 27% of articles published in 2006 to 50% in 2010.
Pushing for and enabling open access began decades ago. It gained serious energy with the emergence of the open source movement and the internet. By the early 1990s publishing in physics was being re-imagined. PubMed arrived later that decade and its public access repository PubMed Central (PMC) went live in 2000. There are now thousands of open access academic repositories.
Open science is not just about access to publications, but encompasses open data, open educational resources and changes throughout the process of sharing, discussing and replicating scholarly findings. But the most basic access to those findings is the cornerstone.
Public debate, policy and infrastructure about access to publications gained momentum in 2013. By the end of the year, open access had been on the stage from the UN to the White House and The Colbert Report. Let’s do a quick month-by-month tour.
January: The year began with an awful jolt; Aaron Swartz’s suicide. Swartz had argued in his 2008 “Guerrilla Open Access Manifesto” that open access for science was “a moral imperative.” Read more about Swartz and the commitment to open access that led him to such despair in a recent post from Lawrence Lessig.
Caveat emptor applies when looking at open access publishing options. But the price drop emerging from the growth in low-priced options is an important element for diffusion. In January, an online comparison tool for cost-effectiveness of open access journal publications was released, showing that the priciest options don’t necessarily deliver authors more citations.
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- AiCure Launches Open Science Framework to Advance Digital Biomarker Development at CNS Summit 2020on October 28, 2020 at 8:01 pm
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- UN agency chiefs appeal for 'open science' beyond COVID-19, citing dangers of secrecy and denialon October 28, 2020 at 6:02 am
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- Wiley Introduces the Open Science Ambassador Program to Support Chinese Researcherson October 21, 2020 at 9:11 pm
Wiley launched the Open Science Ambassador Program, which acknowledges and supports Chinese thought leaders around the world who embrace open science principles and encourage a free exchange of ideas ...
- Silicon Therapeutics Supports Five Researchers Through Open Science Fellows Programon October 21, 2020 at 4:43 am
Silicon Therapeutics introduces the five academic researchers selected for the 2020 Silicon Therapeutics Open Science Fellows Program.
- Wiley's Open Science Ambassador Program encourages scientific collaborationon October 20, 2020 at 1:57 pm
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- Family Fun: Pop open science fun with author Lynn Brunelleon October 18, 2020 at 4:44 pm
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- High-Tech Forum calls for a change in thinking towards a culture of open science and innovationon October 15, 2020 at 1:33 am
Berlin, 14 October 2020. The High-Tech Forum today published a new discussion paper on the subject of "Open Science and Innovation". The board calls on policymakers to create incentives for more ...
- Wiley Launches Flagship Interdisciplinary Open Access Journal Natural Scienceson October 13, 2020 at 6:00 am
John Wiley and Sons Inc. (NYSE:JWA) (NYSE:JWB) today announced the launch of its new premier open access journal, Natural Sciences. The journal, which fully embraces open research principles, is one ...
- Developing a Toolkit for Fostering Open Science Practices: A Workshopon October 8, 2020 at 10:04 pm
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide expert advice on some of the most pressing challenges facing the nation and world. Our ...
- One Small Step For Open Science, One Giant Leap For Metastasis Researchon October 6, 2020 at 5:00 pm
August 3, 2020 | In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, researchers from 19 academically affiliated international laboratories have agreed to share their cell line models specific to brain metastasis ...
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