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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

OA plug from Richard Roberts

Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship reports this good idea from Richard Roberts, Nobel laureate:

A refreshing opening and concluding slide at today’s Laureate Lecture: “I SUPPORT OPEN ACCESS.”

Richard Roberts, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer at New England BioLabs and recipient of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine (discovery of split genes) discussed methods for predicting active restriction enzymes and experimental approaches to testing computational predictions of the same. However, he took considerable time at the beginning to proselytize, as he put it, for scientists to publish in open access journals or to pay the required fee to ensure open access. He is very much in favor of Congress mandating that all NIH-funded investigators to use PubMed Central and gave a plug for Nucleic Acids Research plus his own REBASE database. He strongly believes this is one of the most worthwhile causes in the scientific community, and I - unencumbered by the P&T process, of course (as is Dr. Roberts) - concur.

PS:  This practice should spread.  Regardless of your field or topic, when you're giving a presentation on your work, stick in a slide saying I support open access.  Then say a word or two about how OA helped you in your research and can help others.  It's not off-topic for any topic and you don't have to be a Nobel laureate.