Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Short comments on Nature's new open-access initiative

Nature announces a new open-initiative that allows any subscriber individuals and institutions to share a public-access link to Nature articles (http://www.nature.com/press_releases/share-nature-content.html).

It is a good, but small, step forward, although the intention of Nature is still to maximize their revenues from subscription business.

I would also encourage all authors to "self-archiving" their papers / manuscripts on their personal or institutional websites, which will make their work widely available and promote open access. The six-month limitation of Nature only applies to the finalized version, and it is legal to self archive the original manuscripts any time at the authors' wish (http://www.eprints.org/openaccess/self-faq/#self-archiving-legal).