Could Open Access Science, Technology and Medicine publishing Mitigate Inequalities in Providing Access to Scientifically Researched Information to All?

Could Open Access Science, Technology and Medicine publishing Mitigate Inequalities in Providing Access to Scientifically Researched Information to All?

Open Access Week, a global occasion now entering its 10th year in 2018, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn...

Open Access Week, a global occasion now entering its 10th year in 2018, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Dr. Srinubabu Gedela, CEO of OMICS International has mentioned that Open access scientific publishing is removing language barriers. Scientific research published in Open access journals can be translated to multiple languages without copyright laws. If the scientific content translated to multiple regional and global languages, then the outcome of healthcare and agricultural information reaches to the poor people in the world. Now, some of the governments are giving importance to scientific content translation to their regional languages.

Free scientific content is essential to society, which empowers the economic growth, heritage and culture. Free literature removes the dominance and eradicates economic imbalance between poor and rich. "The open access publishing industry is still working on the improvisation to reach even the remotest corners of the globe with cost-effective, affordable and free scientific information," Dr. Gedela added.

Commenting on the recent developments on fake news and fake blogs,

Dr. Srinubabu Gedela mentioned, "Fake news and a few fake blogs are affecting the reputation of Open access journals, as these are created by the culprits. These fake bloggers are closing the blogs after earning required money from pay access publishers or working for their personal gain. A few pay access publishers selling scientific content to the scientific community and manage the academic mafia with support from trade agencies. However, the trend is changing, scientists are supporting open access and giving preference to publish in open access journals.

‘Open Access’ (OA) publishing model’ emerged as a champion of removing hurdles on the way to scientific research in order to promote excellence in the scientific research publication and knowledge dissemination. It is time to sit and retrospect whether or not the ‘Open Publishing model’ could make every one ‘inclusive ‘in the scientific research writing, publishing and documentation, as ‘Knowledge is the power in this ‘Knowledge society’

The theme of the Open Access Week’ in 2018 aptly reflect the mood by stating “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”. This theme is aimed at prompting debates and conversations on key questions in the field like: which kinds of inequities can open systems create or reinforce; how to ensure that the sustainability models for open access do not become exclusionary; whose opinions are prioritized or excluded; and in which areas, openness might not be appropriate?

This year’s theme highlights the tough questions in the field and attempts to learn from diverse perspectives on how to make scholarship more inclusive and equitable, as it becomes more transparent and responsible. This is an important endeavour asOpen Access is becoming a familiar concept for the past two decades.

The OA format of publishing is aimed at providing unrestricted access to academic research all over the world. This initiative not only removes the price-barriers associated with scientific publications, but also enhances the likelihood of influencing the decisions of policy-makers by demonstrating the significance of publicly-funded research to the taxpayers.

The International Open Access Week is an annual event conceptualized by the scholarly publishing and academic resources coalition (SPARC) since 2008. This event is aimed at inspiring more people to join the OA movement, and making this format a go to system in the scholarly research finding environment. Open Access writings is digital, virtual, free of charge, and unrestricted of most copyright and licensing constraints. What makes it promising is the internet and the approval of the writer.

Decade old Hyderabad based Omics an OA system provider aims to celebrate the 10th International OA Week (October 22-28, 2018) with a reinforced commitment to make excluded voices in the scientific community to be inclusive. Several activities are planned on this occasion for authors, reviewers, Editors, and readers.

Dr Srinubabu Gedela, the Founder and CEO at Omics International announced, special recognition for articles processing for the manuscripts submitted during the Open Access Week .Authors should mention on top of the manuscripts as ‘Open Access week’ submissions to showcase their awareness of the event.

In his early days as an inspiring PhD grad Dr Srinubabu Gedela travelled from Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad every month to access the literature. Later, while receiving the Young Ernst & Young Scientist award at the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) in 2007 at Seoul, South Korea Dr Gedela expressed his concern on problems faced by scholars from developing countries to get relevant scientific literature, finally with the support from HUPO Dr Gedela founded the Omics to make healthcare and scientific information open access. These OA journals perform peer review and then make the approved contents freely available to the ecosphere.

Today, Omics publishes more than 1000 open access journals in the fields of clinical, medical, pharmaceutical engineering and managerial science in association with 1000+ academic associations. The readership/viewership of Omics journals has crossed 50 million in 2018.

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