Despite the elapsed time from the date of its publication, the digital supplement for this book provides further materials in respect to the effect Open Access is likely to have, such as a 2014 Australian study indicating that, other than its facilitating impact on scientific research, Open Access is also likely to make a positive contribution to policy-making, since it removes barriers to relevant findings that could be used for arguing for or against a particular policy. Recent evidence also supports Suber’s claim that Open Access increases citation impact. Moreover, as a model, Open Access raises the issue of editor remuneration, since it makes it possible to renegotiate the traditional journal publishing model according to which university libraries pay growing subscription fees to publishers, while editorial stuff performing most of the labor journal publication involves has to rely on external employment, such as at universities. Open Access also prompts public discussions on differentiating between the role scholarly articles play in the academic communities and economic models that subtend these.
By Pablo Markin