Rather than lock up knowledge in costly journals, increasingly universities and governments are recognising that publicly funded research should be open to all.
This past year has seen new open access policies in the United Kingdom, the United States and from the European Commission. In Australia too, the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) now both have open access policies.
Despite this activity, there remains a large amount of confusion about open access, with many misunderstandings persisting in the academic community and in universities.
So in order to put this confusion to rest, here are five of the top myths about open access publishing and why they’re wrong.