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Making open access the new normal

Did you know that publicly funded articles and papers accepted for publication should now be made open access? Consultant Simon Butt-Bethlendy explains.

A sea change is sweeping through publicly funded university research worldwide. Open-access publishing makes research available online at no cost to the viewer and with few restrictions on reuse, forcing a change in traditional academic publishing processes and researchers’ behaviour.

The tide began to turn in Budapest, 13 years ago, when a small conference convened by the Open Society Institute, based in the United States, sought to formalise what some computer scientists and physicists had been doing since the 1970s: self-archiving their research findings online in such a way that anyone could access them. Participants wanted to build a sustainable legacy for the institute’s Information Program, which had distributed copies of scientific journals to universities in central and eastern Europe.

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