Open access in publishing makes it possible for more scholars, policy makers, practitioners, clinicians, and the general public to be able to view, cite, and share work. Their research could have a direct application towards current practices, methodologies, and policies. To keep up with the ever-growing amount of literature, researchers have to specialize more and more, and this reduces the potential exchange between specialists. The Scholarly Kitchen brought this interesting information to us in their article, “Guest Post — Open Access Beyond Scholarly Journals.”
In addition, community organizations, clinicians, and practitioners may not have comprehensive access to subscription journals or the resources to pay for costly copyright fees. Opening research allows for the conclusions from publications to more quickly become part of people’s everyday lives, in the form of more current policies, knowhow, and solutions.
Many professionals have opinions on how to close the access gap and more readily share information. Which journals add something relevant to the publishing landscape? Can their conclusions be applied in a sustainable way? What other journals, articles, or media would help fill the gap and be more useful for researchers and stakeholders?
There may be more questions than answers at the moment.
Melody K. Smith
Sponsored by Access Innovations, changing search to found.