G8 Endorses OA

Today, the G8 Science Ministers released a Statement that strongly endorses open access to the results of scientific research – both data and publications.
An excerpt:

We recognise that effective global scientific research and public understanding of science and commercial innovation by enterprises is supported by free and rapid public access to published, publicly funded research. The generation, sharing and exploitation of scientific knowledge are integral to the creation of wealth and the enhancement of our quality of life. We recognise that G8 nations have an important opportunity and responsibility to promote policies that increase access to the results of publicly funded research results to spur scientific discovery, enable better international collaboration and coordination of research, enhance the engagement of society and help support economic prosperity.

OA & the Unanticipated Reader

Often researchers underestimate the potential reach of their publications.
They might assume that only a select few close colleagues and students in the same particular subdiscipline of research will be interested in the paper. They will also likely assume that those individuals will have access to their articles through their library subscriptions.
When they make these kinds of assumptions they can potentially cripple the impact of their research.
A great many researchers in poorer countries or institutions can’t afford the expensive journal subscriptions that their wealthier colleagues take for granted. And the general public, anywhere, is usually cut out of the conversation entirely.
Watch this new video below to see the potential impact your research could have if you made it openly accessible to the unanticipated reader…

Kevin Smith of Duke University relates a similar story of an “unexpected reader”: https://blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm/2011/11/15/the-unexpected-reader/