Leukaemia & Lymphoma research Pledges To Make Its Research Open To All

Matthew Kaiser | Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research | September 3, 2014

Today, we've teamed up with other leading UK medical research charities to support for open and unrestricted access to all of our research results.  But what is ‘open access’ publishing and why should we care?

Traditionally, researchers would disseminate the findings of their experiments in printed scholarly journals, which were then sold to subscribers and libraries. This paid for the staff and resources at the journal to organise the peer review, editing, typesetting, printing and distribution of the finished articles. To continue this model in the digital age, these journals put their content online, but behind a paywall so only subscribers could access.

Open access publishing challenges this model by making online research literature available for free to anyone, forever. And that includes scientists in poorer countries or small institutions that cannot afford the large subscription fees. In the last decade, new scholarly journals have sprung up providing all of its content as open access and many long-standing journals now have an open access option alongside the traditional pay-to-read content...