I support #OpenAccess because …

October 23, 2020

We’re currently in open access week, and one of the things I’ve noticed has been a rash of tweets of the form “I support #OpenAccess because …”. Here is a random collection.

We support #OpenAccess because #OpenScience needs good infrastructures.
— @ZB_MED

We support #OpenAccess because we believe that research results made possible by public funds should be accessible to everyone.
— @TIBHannover

We support #openaccess because it is a powerful means to opening #knowledge to everyone, no matter the structural support of the recipient.
— @openaccessnet

I support #openaccess because it offers the chance to use published research optimally for the benefit of all – using free licenses. And open access has a really nice community.
— @tullney

We support #openaccess because it makes possible “the world-wide electronic distribution of the peer-reviewed literature and free and unrestricted access to it by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students, and other curious minds.”
— @opensciencebern

I support #openaccess because it is key to academic and scientific dialogue.
— @silkebellanger

I support #openaccess because I really believe that it contributes to a better world and does not cost more money but simply coordination.
— @chgutknecht

I support #openaccess because even as a researcher at a well-equipped university you often do not have (official) access to the required scientific literature (e.g. from another discipline).
@dhuerlimann

I support #openaccess because it “accelerates research and all the goods that depend on research, such as new medicines, useful technologies, solved problems, informed decisions, improved policies, and beautiful understanding.”
— @petersuber

I support #openaccess because no one can predict who will want to use what piece of research when, and we should make sure there aren’t legacy restrictions in the way. We can do better.
— @researchremix

I support #OpenAccess because it is simply silly to spend years working hard to create new knowledge, then hide it in vaults where only a privileged few can see it.
— @MikeTaylor

I love that there are so many different reasons to support open access, from the most practical to the most fundamentally ethical. I love that the reach of open access is now so increased that even senior Elsevier staff like Head of communications P@ul Abrahams have the open-access-@-sign in their Twitter names. I love that cancelling Big Deals is no longer news — so many universities have done it, often with the help of organizations like Unsub who have a lot of experience in figuring out the financial implications.

It’s ridiculous that open access was ever a fight. But it was; and the thing is, it’s a fight that we’re winning.

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