There are some lively exchanges going on at Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science blog at the moment. Ben writes a column in the UK newspaper The Guardian every Saturday exposing quackery, hypocrisy and inaccuracy in the presentation of science to the wider public. This week his topic is target is closed access journals.
PLoS and BMC both get name checks from Ben, and although the discussions on the blog (48 posts when I last checked) don’t bring up anything new it is great to see the debate more in the public arena. This is especially good as the petition to the European Commission encouraging it to formally endorse Open Access is about to be presented.
This is not the first time that The Guardian has supported Open Access, I’m sure it won’t be the last.