Open Access—One Step Forward
PLoS One, a peer reviewed, online publication has blazed the trail for open access in that all publication costs are covered by the authors’ charges of $ 1,350—readers pay nothing. Other publications are expected to follow suit in the coming years. Open access may be assisted by a new bill in Congress—The Federal Research Public Access Act—that would require all federally funded research to be placed online for free access within six months of publication. Although this bill still embargoes access to providers and patients for six months, these developments signal what may be important progress towards full open access to healthcare information.
For further information see BMJ 2012;344:e2937 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e2937 and BMJ 2012;344:e2895 doi: 10.1136/bmj.e2895