The Open-Access Movement is Not Really about Open Access

  • Jeffrey Beall Auraria Library, University of Colorado Denver
Keywords: scholarly communication, scholarly publishing, predatory publishers, open access, anti-corporatism, collectivism, pseudo-science, social movements, freedom of the press


While the open-access (OA) movement purports to be about making scholarly content open-access, its true motives are much different. The OA movement is an anti-corporatist movement that wants to deny the freedom of the press to companies it disagrees with. The movement is also actively imposing onerous mandates on researchers, mandates that restrict individual freedom. To boost the open-access movement, its leaders sacrifice the academic futures of young scholars and those from developing countries, pressuring them to publish in lower-quality open-access journals. The open-access movement has fostered the creation of numerous predatory publishers and standalone journals, increasing the amount of research misconduct in scholarly publications and the amount of pseudo-science that is published as if it were authentic science.
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