Worldwide organizations are vying for open access research papers. Academics need to take action.
Some of the most important discoveries of the 21st century are stuck behind paywalls. For-profit publishers have been in charge of releasing tax-funded studies. The only problem is that it costs millions of dollars if you want to access them all. An estimated $28.4 USD are redirected from higher education to for-profit publishers bank accounts each year. Luckily, a movement to make published papers open to the public led by Plan-S is gaining traction. Backed by the likes of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and UK Research and Innovation, they propose that all research should be open access by 2021. California also recently passed AB 2192, a law that requires anything funded by the state to be made open access within one year of publication.
The Guardian - Jason Schmitt