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Why biology will be very different, even medieval, without open access to publications

from The Wire

A major bone of contention in academic research in biology concerns the ownership of and third-party access to research data. Should research data be made available publicly for everyone to access, or should it be closely held by the producers of the data behind an iron curtain? Should research publications, typically written in a language that is unintelligible to those outside the domain of research concerned, be deposited in copyleft venues allowing unhindered access to all? One would have believed that the issue was settled, and that the answer would be an emphatic yes in favour of open access to research data and publications. But apparently not! more

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