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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Author: Andy Nolan

An experienced director-level professional with expertise in sustainable development, cities, universities, governance, policy and strategy. 15 years of experience working in the field of sustainability in both the private and public sector. Has worked within a local authority, in multi-authority partnerships locally and nationally. Experience in higher education across four universities in the UK plus representative bodies. Particular areas of interest and expertise include; energy; transport; climate change; waste management; air quality; decentralised energy; education for sustainability; smart cities; knowledge transfer; research.

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