Open access publishing is a relatively recent publishing business model whereby peer reviewed, accepted journal articles are made freely available online to anyone with Internet access. Unlike a subscription based publishing model, where publishers generate revenue through readers’ or institutional subscription charges, open access publishing is funded through author publication charges.
While there has been some criticism of the open access publishing model by scholars who suggest this model is susceptible to conflict of interest, since the authors are providing the funding for their own research to be published, open access publishers are quick to note that the potential for conflict of interest is also present in subscription-based publishing, where government, educational and charitable funding and paid advertising can color editorial decisions.
Ultimately, the quality of a journal or publication will derive mainly from the strength of the content and integrity of the publisher. Also, organizations like the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) are establishing high ethical publishing standards for members.
“We support the open access model because users are free to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles for any non-commercial purpose, explains Tim Hill, Publisher of Dove Press, a privately held company, with offices in Manchester and London in the United Kingdom, representatives in Princeton, New Jersey in the United States, and editorial offices are in Auckland, New Zealand, “this translates to wider dissemination of information and help lead science and medical research.”
To celebrate its 10th anniversary and present forward-looking perspectives on biomedical research and open access publishing, Dove Press recently announced the launch of Open Outlook and an exciting new initiative with Library Journal to promote Open Access in Action. Open Access in Action, is updated weekly with original articles, video interviews, news and perspectives, and will offer an in-depth look at some of the practical aspects of supporting open access as well as an analysis of the changes on the horizon in the publishing industry.
For Open Outlook, the first video segment a special feature to the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (IJCOPD). A series of concise video perspectives with international experts on advances in COPD management and their impact on future research. Contributors include IJCOPD Editor-in-Chief Dr Richard Russell, Associate Editor Professor David Mannino, and Professor Peter Barnes. Other upcoming video features will discuss Nanomedicine, Oncology, Vascular Health and Clinical Ophthalmology.
Multimedia research and educational initiatives, like those sponsored by Dove Press, are intended to broaden the acceptance of, open access publishing and increase engagement with the scientific research community.