The Risks Haunting Preprints and Plan U

By focusing on scientists' needs, Plan U is positioned correctly. But it's carries risks.

The two sides of OA have been coexisting in essential tension for decades now — the “it’s for the public” side, which has never seemed very valid, and the “it’s to accelerate science” side, which makes more sense and appears to support actual workflows and practices. The public has never, to my knowledge, cared broadly about access to highly specialized…

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