Plenary Two

Open access and digital models

Deborah Kahn, BioMed Central, London, UK

Over the last decade, the open access publishing model has become an integral part of the scientific publishing landscape. As a growing number of funding agencies and institutions introduce open access mandates, it is becoming increasingly important for researchers to comply with these policies and make their research freely available in some way. This presentation will give an overview of recent developments in open access journal publishing. It will go on to summarise the benefits to journals of using this publishing model and, using some relevant case studies, will describe the experiences of different types of journal in launching in or moving to an open access model.