Open Access Scientific Scholarly Journal Collections
Open Access and Traditional Publishing
Scholarly communication relies in part on the ability of research libraries to purchase published works.
For a variety of reasons, the marketplace for scholarly publishing has developed in ways that increasingly challenge libraries’ ability to acquire the works needed by their users. Commercialization of publishing in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors has led to egregious price increases and unacceptable terms and conditions of use for some key research resources needed by the scholarly community. ARL(Association of Research Libraries) supports a healthy marketplace that reduces barriers hindering access to scholarly information.
Source: Association of Research Libraries. "Marketplace & Licensing" http://www.arl.org/focus-areas/scholarly-communication/marketplace-licensing. Accessed 12 December 2014
"The Case for Open Access"
- Accelerated discovery. With open access, researchers can read and build on the findings of others without restriction.
- Public enrichment. Much scientific and medical research is paid for with public funds. Open Access allows taxpayers to see the results of their investment.
- Improved education. Open Access means that teachers and their students have access to the latest research findings throughout the world.
Source: PLOS. "The Case for Open Access." http://www.plos.org/open-access/ Accessed 12 December 2014.