The bickering over varied business models, and the side arguments over public access to publicly funded results, obscure a larger, more important question: Can open access—the fundamental change to a system where scientists no longer face barriers to accessing others' work (or their own)—advance science? My work involves measuring, analyzing and assessing developments in scholarly communication. From that perspective I argue that the answer is yes, and that the advance of science is the prime reason that access is an imperative.
Open access can advance science in another way, by accelerating the speed at which science moves
Open access can advance science in another way, by accelerating the speed at which science movesAND LOTS MORE GOOD STUFF. Read the article.