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 Subject : Moving Closer to an Open Access Tipping Point? (11/2/2017).. 11/09/2017 04:05:52 PM 
Marcie Granahan
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As the tenth Open Access (OA) week came to a close, OA has still not overtaken subscriptions as the predominate publishing model…although it continues to grow in market share. Springer Nature reported that between 70 percent to 90 percent of its newly published articles are now in Open Access [see full article here]. However, only 27 percent of all article published by Springer Nature are in Gold Open Access, leaving a great deal of room for growth.

As manifested in the proliferation of research sharing platforms (think Sci-Hub and ResearchGate), as well as EU institutions threatening not to renew their subscriptions, this call for change in the publishing landscape would allow researchers to share their work with the wider world, and offer an alternative to the current system, which is often inaccessible and expensive [see full article here].

Some point to innovative new models of academic-led publishing [see full article here], such as the University of Northern Texas Libraries’ OA publishing service [see presentation here]. Others believe the solution to universal adoption of OA lies in fixing key challenges: decreasing author burden; providing one, single search solution; and connecting all relevant metadata and information—such as funding information, datasets, and author affiliations—to make the content and its related digital research objects more discoverable [see full article here].

But in the end, it remains a monetary problem. To truly resolve the issue of funding OA, all parties should actively engage in the development of a sustainable business model that works for all. Understanding the costs of scholarly publishing may be the lynchpin that serves as the final tipping point [see full article here]. Transparency in scholarly finances and addressing the many misconceptions that persist could go a long way to establishing Open Access as the predominate publishing model.

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