The Open Access movement has been instrumental in transforming the way critical academic research is accessed by people globally.
Since its inception in the 1970s, its supporters have helped develop models of publishing that enable the wider global community to access vital scientific and academic research with minimal hassle. This infographic lists a lot of the milestones the movement’s undergone till date and summarizes it’s current state of acceptance and reach within the research community.
Events like the Human Genome Project’s website launch in 1994, the Budapest and Berlin meets in 2002-03 as well as the recent EU consultation on science in 2014 were important stepping stones for the movement. Indeed, over 2.5 million articles are published yearly under open access auspices. The model enjoys a growth rate of 10-15% annually and has helped boost citations by 35% to as much as 600% based on the academic discipline in question.
Key to its continued success is that authors be able to consistently access credible journals and connect with publishers who are what they say they are. This means eliminating predatory publishing practices, rationalizing APCs and other measures which will help foster greater trust within the movement, enabling widespread acceptance by the greater research community.
This infographic by Enago Editing Services summarizes key points related to Open Access movement

Open Access Movement


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