30 October 2011

Opening up Academic Papers

One exciting event that happened during this week was that The Royal Society in the UK is opening up its journal archives, allowing free access to many historical papers by scientists such as Newton and Darwin.

This coincides with Open Access Week (Oct 24 - 30). Open Access refers to the free access to papers published in scholarly journals. There has been much discussion about open access, and many people think that publicly funded research should be available for the public, instead of profiting the scientific publishers. Scientific progress can be much faster if more research were publicly available.


It is good to have openacess to help senior researchers to follow advances.
my experience, in past work, is those researching particular topics already know most of what is published or going to be published. It is their work / job to know these things and how to interpret them. those who cross link an article/idea via a google style search don't have enough training/depth to understand the 'science' in a scientific article.
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