Open Access Week: The views and experience of an open access publisher

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Open Access Week 2013 is here, and Pensoft takes the opportunity to highlight different aspects of the central role that Open Access plays in our activities. Five years passed since the birth of our first open access journal ZooKeys and we would like to share our experience and visions for the future.

What are the modes of open access and does opening of content and data necessarily mean “easy to discover and re-use”. The latest addition to the Pensoft family of open access journals the Biodiversity Data Journal and advanced open access to shorten the distance between “narrative (text)” and “data” publishing and make content readable both by humans and machines.

Open access and the 4R – reuse, revise, remix, redistribute or does open access facilitate and encourage the re-use of scientific research data. A look at reuse statistics of Pensoft multimedia on Wikimedia projects speaks for itself, with over 2800 files used across more than 50 languages on tens of thousands of pages.

Publicly funded research should be available to the public. Open access is a solution to the paradox of the lack of access to publicly funded research. Pensoft will present some positive examples of collaboration between EU-funded projects and open access publishing activities of our journals.

Advanced Open Access as a solution for society and institutional journals – the positive experience of journals such as Subterranean Biology and Journal of Hymenoptera research that have chosen the advanced open access model of publication offered by Pensoft.  Societal and institutional publishers are struggling with the implications of the transition to the digital age. Adoption of the open access publishing model provides an opportunity to improve the way research is communicated and to broaden the impact it can have on society.

Finally, we would like to have a look at our visions for the future of open access. We look forward to the discussions and exchange of ideas during the following week.

We love Open Access!

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