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COVID-19 NEWS: Inside Higher Ed's 'Open-Access Publishing and the Coronavirus'
Jack Grove (for Times Higher Education) writes the following for Inside Higher Ed:
The unrestricted sharing of scientific papers during the coronavirus pandemic may have hastened the shift toward more open-access publishing, scientists believe, as several leading journals move to make content publicly available.
Last month, Britain’s Biochemical Society became the latest organization to make all of its published content free to view, citing the ‘extraordinary times with the current Covid-19 pandemic’ as its reason for lifting paywalls on its Portland Press imprint until further notice.
It follows the decision by Springer Nature, announced on April 8, to offer researchers a route to publishing open access in Nature and most Nature-branded journals from 2021. The plan will allow the titles to become compliant with Plan S, an international open-access initiative that has softened its guidelines and expectations around hybrid journals, which allow some content to remain behind paywalls. …
‘The writing is on the wall for journals with a paywall, and many of us can no longer serve in good faith on the board of such journals,’ says the letter calling for the change, which was signed by more than 75 leading scientists.
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