This post is a manifesto for a very simple idea: the phrase “open access” should be replaced with “free publishing”. I am asking you, the reader, to make this change. The rest of this post will try to explain why.
The fundamental reason is that the phrase “open access” has already been compromised through contact with corporate interests that are not in the interest of science. The fact that extra adjectives such as diamond open access, platinum open access and fair open access are required shows that the words “open access” have lost their useful meaning. The pledge that I am a signatory of, No Free View? No Review!, does not consider gold open access and other hybrid models to count as true open access.Continue reading “Free publishing”