A key message is the demonstration that open access publishing is a mature, alternative, way to amplify the impact of research funding. It is desirable for most scientists surveyed by the project and is found to be a viable business model for an increasing number of small and large publishing operations. Barriers to its widespread adoption are the lack in some fields of open access journals of suitable quality as well as opportunities for scholars to access the funds needed for publication in some open access journals charging authors a fee. While these barriers are not insurmountable, they call for concerted action at the policy level.

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Authors: SOAP Project
Publication year: 2011
Language: English (EN)
Level of knowledge: Introductory: no previous knowledge is required
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