A new blog post on OA2020 provides some short answers to big questions.
The open access landscape is highly complex, and the academic community does well to reflect on the ambitions, progress and impact of the many approaches that are working toward an open information environment.
When considering the Open Access 2020 Initiative, some have raised the question of what OA2020 is about. OA2020 is not prescriptive in its approach and embraces any number of strategies aimed at systematically removing our financial investment in the paywall system controlled by the large commercial publishers and shifting those funds to support open access publishing models. For some communities, this might mean engaging in big deal subscription cancellations, committing a portion of institutional funds toward a scholarly commons, publisher negotiations, or other methods. The common denominator is simply the OA2020 call to divest of the subscription system and invest in open access–whatever that process looks like for your community.
Others have also asked whether negotiating transitional agreements—just one of any number of strategies which align with the overall objectives of OA2020—might perpetuate the dominance of the large commercial publishers and put under-funded researchers at a disadvantage. This question and more have been addressed in a recent blog post which sheds light on the approach, strategies and goals of OA2020. https://oa2020.org/2018/04/17/some-short-answers-to-big-questions/
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