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Jeang KT - Retrovirology (2011)

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Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas sharply repudiated the "separate but equal" principle of public education... The Court concluded that racially segregated education is "inherently unequal"... For those who can pay, there is immediate access to scientific papers published in both subscription and OA journals; those who cannot pay can access only OA journals... The status quo is thus an "inherently unequal" playing field between the "haves" and the "have nots"... What is equivalent access? Imagine two very similar papers reaching essentially the same conclusions; one is published in a subscription journal and the other published in an OA journal... The equivalent access concept works only if subscription and OA journals can attract and publish, in chronological proximity, similar articles of comparable quality and impact... One could raise the recent XMRV-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome controversy as an example... A strongly credible case can be made that OA readers who read only Retrovirology papers knowledgeably reached the equivalent scientific conclusion regarding this topic as those who read the subscription-based literature... The quality of OA publishing will continue to improve... In 2012, Cell will launch a top tier OA publication, Cell Reports; and the Wellcome Trust/the Howard Hughes Medical Institute/the Max Planck Society will also start a similarly high profile OA journal... Because intelligence and ambition are distributed equally around the globe, freely available equivalent access to timely knowledge matters. "Separate but equivalent" may become the watchword of 21century publishing.

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Impact factor numbers from 2010 ISI-Thomson Reuters data that compare Retrovirology with nine other subscription journals. Seven of the nine journals publish basic virological research papers. The Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Molecular Biology are included for comparison to two well-established journals that publish basic research papers in biochemistry and molecular biology.
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Figure 1: Impact factor numbers from 2010 ISI-Thomson Reuters data that compare Retrovirology with nine other subscription journals. Seven of the nine journals publish basic virological research papers. The Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Molecular Biology are included for comparison to two well-established journals that publish basic research papers in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Mentions: The equivalent access concept works only if subscription and OA journals can attract and publish, in chronological proximity, similar articles of comparable quality and impact. Practically speaking, for this to occur, OA journals need to achieve quality metrics (e.g. Impact Factor numbers) that match their subscription counterparts. The Retrovirology experience suggests that such benchmark can be achieved (Figure 1).


Equal versus equivalent access to the scientific literature.

Jeang KT - Retrovirology (2011)

Impact factor numbers from 2010 ISI-Thomson Reuters data that compare Retrovirology with nine other subscription journals. Seven of the nine journals publish basic virological research papers. The Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Molecular Biology are included for comparison to two well-established journals that publish basic research papers in biochemistry and molecular biology.
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Figure 1: Impact factor numbers from 2010 ISI-Thomson Reuters data that compare Retrovirology with nine other subscription journals. Seven of the nine journals publish basic virological research papers. The Journal of Biological Chemistry and the Journal of Molecular Biology are included for comparison to two well-established journals that publish basic research papers in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Mentions: The equivalent access concept works only if subscription and OA journals can attract and publish, in chronological proximity, similar articles of comparable quality and impact. Practically speaking, for this to occur, OA journals need to achieve quality metrics (e.g. Impact Factor numbers) that match their subscription counterparts. The Retrovirology experience suggests that such benchmark can be achieved (Figure 1).

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Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas sharply repudiated the "separate but equal" principle of public education... The Court concluded that racially segregated education is "inherently unequal"... For those who can pay, there is immediate access to scientific papers published in both subscription and OA journals; those who cannot pay can access only OA journals... The status quo is thus an "inherently unequal" playing field between the "haves" and the "have nots"... What is equivalent access? Imagine two very similar papers reaching essentially the same conclusions; one is published in a subscription journal and the other published in an OA journal... The equivalent access concept works only if subscription and OA journals can attract and publish, in chronological proximity, similar articles of comparable quality and impact... One could raise the recent XMRV-Chronic Fatigue Syndrome controversy as an example... A strongly credible case can be made that OA readers who read only Retrovirology papers knowledgeably reached the equivalent scientific conclusion regarding this topic as those who read the subscription-based literature... The quality of OA publishing will continue to improve... In 2012, Cell will launch a top tier OA publication, Cell Reports; and the Wellcome Trust/the Howard Hughes Medical Institute/the Max Planck Society will also start a similarly high profile OA journal... Because intelligence and ambition are distributed equally around the globe, freely available equivalent access to timely knowledge matters. "Separate but equivalent" may become the watchword of 21century publishing.

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