Getting on the open access article bandwagon is the NIH.
Open access articles are a topic we have talked about before. Simply put, open access would allow scientific articles to be available on line, without fee, or delay.
This is a hot topic for the obvious commercial reasons. Most scientific publications are for profit and very profitable businesses.
With an open access concept there would be no delay in the publication of an article and free access at the time of publication. Today most publishers charge for web access and only after 6 months to a year do they make articles available without a charge.
The NIH is drafting a document that would require all scientific research articles that have any NIH funding attached to them to be made available within 6 months of publication and without charge. This is a compromise to the publishers who have been worried about access from day one.
This is a dicey issue for the same reason that drug and clinical trial access is a hot potato.
The world is asking for access, transparency and equality on a level playing field. Who would be against that theory?
The rub as always: who will pay?