Impact Stories

The Impact of Embracing Community Over Commercialization

Open Access

To catalyze discussion around the 2023 International Open Access Week theme of “Community over Commercialization,” SPARC interviewed organizations that embrace this theme in their work to open research. These profiles highlight the impact these groups are having and the urgency of prioritizing the public interest.

While concerns have been raised about new author-side publishing fees, there have been shifts toward prioritizing community interests. New repository-focused funder open access policies (including by the G20, U.S., and Europe, complementing Latin America’s long history of leadership in repositories), are encouraging signals. Subscribe to Open is expanding as a path for community-minded publishers to move to Open Access, and more editorials boards are exercising their power to take back control of their journals

These positive developments are just a subset of the impactful work advanced by these groups and their community-focused approach. We will continue to add to this profile series on the Open Access Week website.

Go to Theme Profiles — International Open Access Week for more.

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