The last iteration of this post made the assumption that ‘gold’ Open Access meant you had to pay for it. I of all people should know that this is what us English scientists call ‘pish-posh’. It turns out that in reality, around 70% of journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) have zero author-facing charges. So an APC of $0. Gold does not mean you shell out gold for it. It just means it’s Open Access at the point of publication.
Every time you post this, I will say that gold != APC. There is gold #openaccess w/o the author paying for it. Update the flowchart maybe?
— Marco Tullney (@tullney) June 12, 2017
The new infographic below on how to achieve 100% Open Access now emphasises this as a key first step. Really, there is now absolutely reason for nearly every single researcher out there not to make their entire future and past research papers completely Open Access, and often for free. I’ve basically built a database that describes this worflow for every single journal in Palaeontology, as part of the development of paleorXiv. This is fairly useless though if people don’t actually use it, and take the opportunities granted to them. So I simply ask that if you’re reading this, you share this information as widely as you possibly can.
What if all we end up with is 100% Open Access?
Importantly, this means that researchers, and in particular those who are early-career researchers, can publish in often paywalled journals that they ‘need’ to advance their careers in the current incentive system, and still have risk-free Open Access.
If we, as a research community, self-archive en masse, several things could be potentially achieved.
- Global, democratic access to the research literature will become a reality for a very low cost;
- Subscriptions to publishers for our own research will be largely redundant as everything will be OA already;
- We create the basis for building tools, like Unpaywall, that can leverage the power of massive-scale access;
- We save $billions every year from university libraries that can be reinvested into our students and open scholarly infrastructure;
- We make the need for quasi-legal entities like SciHub and ResearchGate to become redundant.
- We make the world a better place for every single human being.