Open access: Taking full advantage of the content

Bourne, Philip E., Fink, J. Lynn and Gerstein, Mark (2008) Open access: Taking full advantage of the content. PLoS Computational Biology, 4 3: Article number: e1000037. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000037

Author Bourne, Philip E.
Fink, J. Lynn
Gerstein, Mark
Title Open access: Taking full advantage of the content
Journal name PLoS Computational Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1553-734X
Publication date 2008-03
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000037
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 4
Issue 3
Start page Article number: e1000037
Total pages 3
Place of publication United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Subject 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology
0803 Computer Software
Formatted abstract
This Journal and the Public Library of Science (PLoS) at large are standard bearers of the full potential offered through open access publication, but what of you, the reader? For most of you, open access may imply free access to read the journals, but nothing more. There is a far greater potential, but, up to now, little to point to that highlights its tangible benefits. We would argue that, as yet, the full promise of open access has not been realized. There are few persistent applications that collectively use the full on-line corpus, which for the biosciences at least is maintained in PubMed Central ( In short, there are no “killer apps.” Since this readership, beyond any other, would seem to have the ability to change this situation at least in the biosciences, we are issuing a call to action.

Keyword Authorship
Information dissemination
Abstracting and indexing as topic
Natural language processing
Q-Index Code CX
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