Opening Up to Open Access - Part I

Gavin Yamey on "Opening Up to Open Access: What Can Other Disciplines Learn from the Sciences?"

What can academics do to ensure that their research results are included in the growing "knowledge commons?" Gavin Yamey MD, Senior Editor of PLoS Medicine and Consulting Editor of PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, shares his experiences in the open access movement and explores possible avenues for its expansion to other fields, with a focus on the social sciences and humanities.

The Public Library of Science, an international non-profit grassroots movement of scientists and physicians, is working to change the status quo by campaigning to make the biomedical literature a freely available global public good. PLoS now publishes 7 open access journals, and is urging traditional biomedical publishers to adopt more socially responsive practices. Will other fields follow in their footsteps?

This event was sponsored by the Berkman Center and Harvard College Free Culture and took place on Wednesday, March 14 at Harvard University.