Open Access offers real benefits to society. However, the net value of those benefits cannot be determined unless its costs are computed as well. The purpose of this statement is not to call on participants in the scholarly information chain to fight against OA, but only to move forward while taking full account of costs as well as benefits, and to work towards solutions that offer a net benefit to society. To the degree that society benefits more from research than from public access to research, and to the degree that it benefits from the continued viability of the publishing industry (both for-profit and nonprofit), the solutions that serve the public best may turn out to offer something less than complete and immediate free public access to all scientific information.
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
Open Access; Research; Publishers; Information
Open access publishing; Information policy
Anderson, R. B. (2007). Open access: clear benefits, hidden costs. Learned Publishing, 20(2), 83-84.