The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live in many ways, exemplified most notably, perhaps, by the advent of remote working and the meteoric rise of online shopping. However, it has also changed the way the academic community is thinking about access to information. The concept of OA is not new. However, the extraordinary challenges COVID-19 has posed to researchers across the globe have accelerated the OA trend. The question is, will the trend continue?
CHANGE IS NEEDED
Traditionally, scholarly databases exist behind crippling paywalls or require institutionally facilitated access, which is a challenge for individuals worldwide, especially in developing countries. Many universities cannot afford the subscription databases required for advancing research and studies.
One of the unfortunate consequences of limited access to information is the rise of pirate sites. The most prolific is Sci-Hub, which hosts more than 50 million papers and has millions of users accessing information daily. This is dangerous in terms of the quality and validity of the content; it is also damaging...