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Open Access Open access for operational research publications from lowand middle-income countries: who pays?

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Open-access journal publications aim to ensure that new knowledge is widely disseminated and made freely accessible in a timely manner so that it can be used to improve people's health, particularly those in low- and middle-income countries. In this paper, we briefly explain the differences between closed- and open-access journals, including the evolving idea of the 'open-access spectrum'. We highlight the potential benefits of supporting open access for operational research, and discuss the conundrum and ways forward as regards who pays for open access.
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Keywords: SORT IT; journals; knowledge; operational research; publications

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: MeĀ“decins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Operational Centre Brussels, Medical Department, Operations Research Unit (LUXOR), MSF-Luxembourg, Luxembourg 2: International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), South-East Asia Office, New Delhi, India 3: MSF, Mumbai, India 4: MSF, Medical Department, Brussels Operational Center, Belgium 5: MSF, General Direction, Luxembourg, Luxembourg 6: Department of Community Medicine, Employees State Insurance Corporation Medical College and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Bangalore, India 7: United Nations Children's Fund/United Nations Development Programme/World Bank/World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, University of St Andrews Medical School, Scotland, UK 8: United Nations Children's Fund/United Nations Development Programme/World Bank/World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland 9: International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Kyiv, Ukraine 10: Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway 11: University of Nairobi, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nairobi, Kenya 12: Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium 13: Science and Technology Option Assessment (STOA), Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services (EPRS), European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium 14: Wellcome Trust, London, UK 15: The Union, Centre for Operational Research, Paris, France 16: The Union, Centre for Operational Research, Paris, France, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Publication date: 2014-09-21

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