October 22-28 is the 10th annual Open Access Week, a global event that encourages discussion of the benefits of making scholarly work available to everyone—in other words, dispensing with paywalls—and to increase participation in helping make open access the norm in scholarship and research.
As we discussed in a previous post, the economics of open access are tricky. The big publishers have been trying to figure out how to manage costs, but their open-access solutions so far have basically consisted of transferring production costs to authors.
Nevertheless, the call for open access is gaining momentum. National research funding organizations from 12 European countries launched Plan S in September 2018 to put pressure on open access publishing business models. Plan S requires scientists and researchers who benefit from state-funded research to publish their work in open repositories or in journals that are available to all by 2020.
The theme for 2018 Open Access Week is “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.” While many publishers are working on solutions and trying to figure out how to meet the mandates of Plan S, the Ochsner Journal is already there.
The Journal provides just such an equitable foundation for open knowledge: all the articles published in the Journal are available for anyone anywhere to read and download. And the authors published in the Journal don’t pay a cent for this access. We’re proud of that fact.