B – Open access publishing: advantages and disadvantages

Manista FC. “Open don’t mean free”: a reflection on the potential advantages and disadvantages of open access publishing. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2012;1(2):eP1049.
(doi: 10.7710/2162-3309.1049)

The evolution of open access is important, but proposed OA approaches have not yet resolved issues involving dissemination and distribution of high quality research. The Finch Report, released in the UK, is a significant attempt to ensure that research is made available openly and for the benefit of everyone, including the public and others outside of the academe. Some key issues as those related to financial aspects are not adequately addressed in the Report (“open don’t mean free”) and need to be considered.