Why I support Open Access

sustainable higher education

I sometimes receive the question why my research is not accessible to a broad audience. Even though I expect my articles to be accessible by all my academic colleagues all over the world, this is not the case. Many academics do not have access because certain journals are not within the paid access package of their university or research institution. Colleagues affiliated to governmental agencies often have no access at all to this kind of academic articles.

For you as a researcher, this means that your articles are not that widespread as you might think. Your articles are probably easily accessible by colleagues working in universities in the North-Western part of the hemisphere, but you probably want them to be accessible for an audience as broad as possible, in developed as well as developing countries, and in every part of the world. After all, isn’t this what the World Wide…

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