Looks like people are already warming up for tomorrow's Open Access Day. In the Guardian, Richard Smith pens a column on Springer's acquisition of BioMed Central, which he says may turn out to be a pivotal moment in the history of scientific publishing. "I'm no seer, but it became obvious to me in the mid-90s, when ... I was the chief executive of the BMJ Publishing Group, that the transition to open access would have to happen," he writes.

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