Open access to research is reaching tipping point, says EU

Pharmatimes: AUGUST 22, 2013

The global shift towards making research findings available free of charge for readers is reaching the tipping point, with around 50% of scientific papers published in 2011 now available for free, according to a new study conducted for the European Commission.

This is about twice the level estimated in previous studies, and this is explained by “a refined methodology and a wider definition of open access,” says the study, which also reports that more than 40% of scientific peer-reviewed articles published worldwide from 2004 to 2011 are now available online in open-access form. Read More