BioMed Central has posted videos of interviews of some notable scientists. Included is a video of friend of evolgen (and enemy of Prof. Steve Steve) Michael Ashburner espousing the virtues of open access. Ashburner was a signatory on the letter to Science encouraging publishers to make their journals publicly available. He also walks the walk, proclaiming that he will not publish in non-open access journal, nor review articles for non-open access journals. Not only is he in favor of open access publishing, he also pushes for open access software.
One of Ashburner’s recent project has involved mining the scientific literature and providing smart databases. He points out that open access literature allows people who mine scientific papers to make their results available. Even thought he and his colleagues are free to search any article they have access to, they can’t share those results with people who can’t access the protected literature. In the video, he lists three reasons to publish in open access journals: it’s the moral high ground, it increases the amount of people who read your articles, and you maintain the copyright on your work. Additionally, he points out that non-open access journals are scam because universities end up paying for the research twice — once to generate the results and again to access them.
(Via BioMed Central blog.)