B – Access to scientific publications: the scientist’s perspective

Voronin Y, Myrzahmetov A, Bernstein A. Access to scientific publications: the scientist’s perspective. PLoS One 2011;6(11):e27868
(doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0027868)

This study used the field of HIV vaccine research as a barometer to measure the degree to which scientists have access to published research. This area of research – of critical importance for the developing countries – saw recent growth in the popularity of open access journals, but the exact impact of these changes is not yet clear. Institutional subscriptions continue to play an important role, however, subscriptions do not provide access to the full range of HIV vaccine research literature. A variety of other means to access literature are investigated, including emailing corresponding authors or joint affiliations.