Open access: are we at the tipping point?

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 1 December 2004



(2004), "Open access: are we at the tipping point?", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 32 No. 4.



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Open access: are we at the tipping point?

Open access: are we at the tipping point?

Your editor gave the opening address at the Forum for Interlending conference and suggested that we are approaching the tipping point for open access – confirmed by the message below.Two major subscription publishers have recently announced moves towards open access. Last week, Springer announced that they will offer all authors an “open choice” option. Under this option authors can pay $3,000 and their article will be freely available online. Unlike full open access however, Springer retain copyright of the article and will not allow unlimited reuse and distribution. Springer is the second largest scientific, medical and technical publisher – with more than 1,000 journals.

At the end of June, Oxford University Press announced that its flagship journal, Nucleic Acids Research, will move to a full open access model from January 2005. This follows a successful experiment with the journal this year. NAR is one of the top ten “hottest” journals of the decade in biology and biochemistry, according to ISI, making NAR the first journal of such stature to make a complete switch from a subscription to open access model.

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