Open access and academic freedom

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on July 12, 2013 - 22:46
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This week The Guardian has an insightful piece on the risks and rewards of open access publishing for academic freedom. It's a thoughtful take on it all and worth reading in its (not very long) entirety. Careful readers will notice a reference to an article that members of Open Medicine's editorial team published in the Canadian Journal of Communication on the occasion of the launch of our journal. While open access and particularly models for open access medical journal publishing have evolved over the past half-decade, the rationale for creating an open access medical journal--to provide "a venue for the emergence of new approaches, ideas and independence from sources of competing interests in scholarly publishing" remains completely timely.

In upcoming blog postings we will continue to examine the issue of open access from a variety of perspectives.

 

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When considering "Open access", it requires discussion in a much broader platform. Particularly models for open access medical journal publishing have increased to a wide area in the recent past. I hope this will provide the ideas and independence from sources of competing interests in scholarly publishing of the medical and health articles.

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