Disruption in any sector naturally incurs costs in transitioning to a new model or way of working. Despite its promise to liberate research and benefit universities, the move to open access (OA) publishing is no exception - and a particularly topical issue with Open Access Week 2014 starting on Monday.
The way that research outputs were traditionally published – and to be clear, many remain to be today – was in journals, conference proceedings and books that then required payment to read.
Now, however, UK government has recognised that opening access to these outputs can save money by enabling more efficient use of technologies, underpin innovation by making content more readily available, and strengthen the economy. First, though, there’s that tricky transition period to navigate.