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What Prejudices Against Open Access Exist?

We discuss existing prejudices against Open Access

We have talked for 20 years about the importance of modernising the academic publishing system to make research more efficient and fair. Still, there are a lot of misconceptions and prejudices about open access you may have heard of in the past. We will now take a closer look at some of these myths:

  • Open Access is expensive and has to be paid by authors.
  • Open Access is of lower quality than subscription-based publications.
  • Open Access only benefits the readers, for authors it just creates more work.
  • Open access publications are not protected by copyright.


Discuss the following questions in the comments and replay on at least one answer of your peer learners:

  1. What do you think is the biggest advantage of open access publication and why?
  2. What would be an obstacle for you to publish open access and what would help to overcome it?
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