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Why open access makes sense

Why open access makes no sense (with a satirical slant). 

On Monday Robin Osborne published a bizarre article in the Guardian: Why open access makes no sense. I’ve translated the commentary into a common sense reading with a satirical slant. 

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There are plenty of comments under the article addressing the many bizarre claims, I recommend Mark Taylor’s comment which cites a summary of research investigating the article’s main claim that open access research doesn’t get cited by researchers. 27 of the studies reported found a citation advantage of publishing with open access, while only four did not.


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