The Tipping Point?

At The Guardian, University of Bristol researcher Mike Taylor says that a petition in the US to urge President Barack Obama to implement open access for all federally funded research could "tip the scales in favor of open-access publishing." The problem of open access has been a hot topic in the past few months, with researchers, publishers, funding bodies, governments, and much of the scientific community chiming in with their opinions.

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