Friday, January 27, 2017

A great deal has been written about the benefits of open access and it should be intuitively obvious to all librarians (and really anyone) that universal free open access will be the optimum for the benefit of information availability for humankind. This the EU is moving to open access for all papers they fund by 2020. How this will occur is still being determined. The problem with open access has always been how to fund the publishing of academic journals appropriately. This article proposes a new method of funding universal open access to all academic fields using efficiency gains available to all academics. Better still all of these efficiency gains are currently accessible to science funders and is in line with their missions.