In the third installment of an essay on the risks and advantages of open access publishing, Cameron Neylon talks about the social issues surrounding the movement at Science in the open. While it's "unreasonable to expect the rapid adoption of new web based tools and even more unreasonable to expect scientists to change their overall approach to their research en masse," he says that a number of legitimate factors contribute to a lot of scientists' hesitation to embrace open access. Perceived cost, the risk that someone could scoop their data, and "simple inertia" are all driving factors. Check out his first and second installments on why we need open access and issues around the tools for doing open science.
Sure, It's Risky, But...
Oct 17, 2008