Open Access Publishing – Transparency and Accountability in Scientific Research and Publishing

Open Access Publishing – Transparency and Accountability in Scientific Research and Publishing

Scientific publishing, and communication in general, has changed rapidly and radically over the past 20 years. With the advent of the Internet, communication and publishing has become affordable to all, to the point that one only needs a few megabytes of online space, a HTML editor and a word processor to claim to be a “Publisher”. (Actually, even a WordPress.com account would suffice to this purpose. Registering and configuring this blog using WordPress.com took me about two hours. I can now publish this first post on the blog.). There is no doubt that a number of dubious operations from across the globe are popping and claiming to be academic publishers. Continue reading