The communication of science and technology in a sustainable future.
World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 6 , (1), .
Scientific research in developing countries has always suffered from a lack of access to information in scientific journals because subscriptions are expensive, resulting in very poor provision for the majority of research institutions in the developing world. Open Access can resolve this, by providing developed-world research at no cost. It also resolves the other major problem for developing countries, which is to disseminate the results of their own scientific efforts effectively to the developed world. It provides the visibility and concomitant increase in impact that scientists all want for their work. Open access can be achieved by publication in Open Access journals, of which there are currently around 3500, or by the development of institutional collections of published outputs which are made openly available over the Web.
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