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Public funding, public knowledge, publication


Jan Velterop


The argument that publicly funded research should be publicly available is a valid one, but it cannot be the most important one in the discussion as to whether research should be freely accessible. The overriding argument is that freely accessible research optimises the scientific process as well as its 'translation' into societal benefits. Free access, or 'open access' as it is widely called, can be brought about by making full use of the technologies available to the world, particularly the internet, but it does need a change in traditional economic models of publishing.
How to Cite: Velterop, J., 2003. Public funding, public knowledge, publication. Serials, 16(2), pp.169–174. DOI:
Published on 14 Nov 2003.
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