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COVID-19 NEWS: 'COVID-19 to Accelerate Transition to Open Access Publishing'
Simba Information notes that according to its recent report, “Open Access Journal Publishing 2020-2024,” the COVID-19 pandemic “has demonstrated the value of open access (OA) to research articles, but also the need for a larger open infrastructure to share methodology, data and results more broadly. … [The report] found that revenue from open access journals [accounts] for approximately 6% of the global scholarly journal market and is growing at double-digit rates year over year. Titles and articles added to the Directory of Open Access Journals are growing even faster.” In addition, “Publishers will be facing the concurrent trends of having to review more submissions (some noted monthly article submissions grew more than 20% in February through April 2020), but fight for every dollar in what will likely be a depressed funding environment.”
“This crisis has reinforced the benefits of open scientific communication. Publishers immediately removed barriers to accessing COVID-19 related research and researchers say they have benefited from an unparalleled level of data sharing about the novel virus,” says Dan Strempel, senior analyst with Simba Information’s business and professional group. “The nature of this crisis—and others we face like climate change—will accelerate the transition to an open system and will lead all constituencies to examine their role in bringing that about.”
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