Hard Evidence: is open access working?
peter.suber's bookmarks 2014-03-03
"In spite of the fast growth of open access adoption the DOAJ, which currently lists 9,919 publications, the norm in academic publishing remains the toll-access model. While cost may be a factor, other perverse incentives which decide the quality and prestige of publishing academic work are also at play.
At present, though, it seems that the gold OA option offered by commercial publishers through APCs is more beneficial to them than to researchers. Gold OA could be completely compatible with institutional repositories under researcher-led initiatives.
Future scholarship might rely on our privileging the open availability of academic research. Whether research is available in digital repositories or on open access journals, the aim should be reducing the obstacles, not increasing them."