Publishing scientific research in open access, hybrid, or paywall journals: what model serves all authors and all readers?

@article{Lajtha2019PublishingSR,
  title={Publishing scientific research in open access, hybrid, or paywall journals: what model serves all authors and all readers?},
  author={Kate Lajtha},
  journal={Biogeochemistry},
  year={2019},
  volume={144},
  pages={229 - 231}
}
  • K. Lajtha
  • Published 1 September 2019
  • Education
  • Biogeochemistry
There has been a great deal of discussion in the media as well as in scientific journals about open access publishing and Plan S, the movement to mandate that scientists funded by specific types of grants publish in fully open-access journals. To date, 16 funders in 13 countries have signed on to this plan, it has found support in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other non-governmental funders, and that number will likely have gone up by the time this editorial is published. By 2021… 

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