Open Access is a desirable tool used to access free, immediate, full‐text scientific and scholarly material online.

In spite of all the advantages, only a fraction of the published research is accessible on Open Access. In Denmark, only around 11% of the 147 best Danish journals are on the net. Even if the pragmatic Delayed Open Access journals (8%) are counted, the total of non‐ distributed journals is still only around 80%.

The present Open Access is only the "low fruits." Unfortunately, there is a long list of barriers to Open Access; this paper will present the most important of those based on the investigation of 625 journals.

The research is based on a recent white paper about research distribution, "Hvidbog om dansk forskningsformidling" with appendixes: "Fra universitet til samfund" (From university to society) and "Selskaber og tidsskrifter" (Learned societies and journals).

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Barriers to open access — why all quality research is not available on the internet

Jørgen Burchardt   National Museum for Science and Technology

Open Access is a desirable tool used to access free, immediate, full‐text scientific and scholarly material online.

In spite of all the advantages, only a fraction of the published research is accessible on Open Access. In Denmark, only around 11% of the 147 best Danish journals are on the net. Even if the pragmatic Delayed Open Access journals (8%) are counted, the total of non‐ distributed journals is still only around 80%.

The present Open Access is only the "low fruits." Unfortunately, there is a long list of barriers to Open Access; this paper will present the most important of those based on the investigation of 625 journals.

The research is based on a recent white paper about research distribution, "Hvidbog om dansk forskningsformidling" with appendixes: "Fra universitet til samfund" (From university to society) and "Selskaber og tidsskrifter" (Learned societies and journals).

A copy of the full paper has not yet been submitted.

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