Open Access Movement: How Far Has It Gone?

Success of Open Access is clearly visible from the outlook of the research community towards non acceptance of the results of their funding to end up in the trap of pay walls of the publishing community.

Another testimony to its success is a mandatory public access policy in force for most of the major fund raisers in many countries.

It is not enough to just change the way research results are published, it is also required to look upstream at how research experiments are carried out, and how the results are analyzed and prepared for publication.

The maximum benefit from the Open Access model can be achieved once we see a mechanism of tools, standards and policies in place which will ensure a seamless flow of data and descriptive metadata, starting from experimental design to data capture, analysis, and publication, retaining much of the required information at every stage.

Benefit so far from success of this model is not limited to what it has achieved so far but we cannot ignore the fact that it has laid a strong foundation for the further benefit of the research community.

Building blocks seem to fall in place, but there is a long way to go. The protagonists are putting their best forward to find out techniques so that data can flow in a meaningful way through the entire process till publication and also making results more reliable and reproducible.

The purpose of the open access model is not just limited to fixing library budgets or to put a dent in the businesses of existing publishers, it is aimed at introducing a new form of publishing that would ultimately provide research fraternity a method to more effectively share their research results and at the same time also challenging the age old notion that published content belongs to the publisher and benefiting the society at large.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *