10 years ago: open access


© Shutterstock

To ease the problem of academic libraries struggling to purchase journal subscriptions, the UK’s Science and Technology Committee has recommended that higher education institutions establish ‘institutional repositories’ in which to file their scientific publications. All these repositories would be networked together to provide an online service making publications accessible to all free of charge.  The institutional repository recommendation would serve to ease the problem, says the Committee, but so-called open access publishing – where the authors pay to publish but their publications are then freely available – might provide the ultimate solution. ‘The RSC’s view is that the author-pays solution is not new, has failed before, and is fraught with problems,’ says RSC managing director of publishing, Peter Gregory.  

Chemistry World (September 2004)

Ed. In July this year the Royal Society of Chemistry announced that it will make its flagship journal Chemical Science free to access from January 2015 under the gold open access route. Author fees for publishing in the journal will be suspended until 2017. 


Related Content

Opening the doors of knowledge

1 April 2012 Feature

news image

Should all journal articles be free to access online?

Chemistry World podcast - January 2014

15 January 2014 Podcast | Monthly

news image

This month, we examine the controversy surrounding the Turin shroud and explore the history of crystallography

Most Read

Self-cleaning sensors see the light

23 January 2015 Research

news image

Overcoming electrode fouling in biomedical and environmental detectors

Alkali metal explosion explained

26 January 2015 Research

news image

High-speed cameras help re-examine the chemistry behind a classic classroom demonstration

Most Commented

Undeniable: evolution and the science of creation

7 January 2015 Review

news image

Evolutionary arguments

Alkali metal explosion explained

26 January 2015 Research

news image

High-speed cameras help re-examine the chemistry behind a classic classroom demonstration