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Peggy Bacon in mid-air backflip, Bondi Beach, Sydney, 1937. Open Access can breathe new energy and productivity in to the work of research. Image courtesy State Library of New South Wales, Australia
If scientific progress was a living organism that could be fed and nurtured, the swift, free exchange of ideas would be a key nutrient.
“Easy and free access to the latest knowledge in strategic areas is crucial for EU research competitiveness. This open access pilot is an important step towards achieving the ‘fifth freedom,’ the free movement of knowledge amongst Member States, researchers, industry and the public at large,” said EU Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potočnik last year. “Beyond, it is a fair return to the public of research that is funded by EU money.”
Formally embracing the open access ethic, the European Commission has decided to require that results from research it f