Open access for human—and planetary—health | The BMJ
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"At the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, many scientific publishers chose to make their articles on covid-19 open access, likely strengthening the world’s response to the pandemic. Caitlin Edgell argues that we should open up research on the climate crisis with the same sense of urgency....
Research that is published open access has a greater impact than research that is locked behind a paywall. It is read more and cited more, and it can be built upon, reproduced, validated, or refuted by other researchers much more easily. It can also be used by members of the public, educators, clinicians, journalists, and policy makers to spread awareness of pressing issues.
What’s more, open access publishing benefits researchers in low and middle income countries who may not be covered by institutional subscriptions or be able to afford to buy the articles they need to support their research. By making articles about the climate crisis freely available, these researchers would be able to access research from across the world. This could be vitally important in the fight against the climate crisis given that global heating disproportionately affects people in low income communities...."