An interesting mention in Information Today’s Open Access Roundup, by Abby Clobridge, focuses on the open access (OA) movement in academia. The section, “Nobel Prize Winner Boycotts Non-OA Journals,” highlights a recent opinion piece written by Randy Schekman, Ph.D., recent Nobel Prize winner (Physiology or Medicine), where he issues a “call to arms to fellow researchers” to avoid publishing in “luxury journals” or “big brands.” The piece, published in The Guardian, is entitled, “How Journals Like Nature, Cell and Science Are Damaging Science.” Dr. Schekman wrote, “There is a better way, through the new breed of open-access journals that are free for anybody to read, and have no expensive subscriptions to promote. Born on the web, they can accept all papers that meet quality standards, with no artificial caps.”

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