Coronavirus (875) The Pandemic’s Impact on Open Access Progress

4 August, 2020

Dear HIFA colleagues,

The coronavirus pandemic will have a major impact on scholarly publishing and the rate of transition to open access, says this article on the publishing blog Scholarly Kitchen.

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back — The Pandemic’s Impact on Open Access Progress

By David Crotty

'2019 was a watershed year for progress in the transition of research publishing to open access (OA). The shakeup caused by Plan S had some time to sink in, cancellations of big subscription deals ramped up, and as I noted last October, the conversation had shifted from “eventually things will move to OA,” to instead a sense of urgency, “we’re on the clock for a move to OA.” The value of open science (increased transparency, open data, open access to research results) has become increasingly obvious during the current global health crisis. Both the positives (rapid reporting and sharing of information) and the negatives (the glut of bad science being issued as preprints and promoted via mainstream media without proper curation) are now evident, with the good generally outweighing the bad. Despite the daily evidence of the importance of shifting to an open science environment for research, the economic fallout from the pandemic is going to make necessary progress difficult and slow...'

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