Addressing inclusivity issues in open access publications: Opinion

September 1, 2021
The push for open access articles may lead to a less inclusive world for research as researchers face steep publication fees, write Alicia Kowaltowski, Marcus Oliveira, and Ariel Silber Hernan Chaimovich. Kowaltowski, Oliveira, and Chaimovich argue that the fee for open access publication is an economic barrier to international researchers whose grants are capped, and that even though there is a waiver system in place for those from struggling economies, it is not always accessible to residents of countries with upper-middle-income economies. The authors call for the push for open access to be replaced by a push for inclusiveness, for fair practice and pricing in academic publishing, and for prioritization of journals that give back to the scientific community. Times Higher Ed (Editorial)