This week, I took part in a panel discussion for Open Access Week at the University of Auckland. I was asked to talk as I’ve been involved in setting up a journal called the Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries which was founded by my friend Muzaffar Malik when we were both lecturers at Otago University. The journal is both free to publish in and free to read so is very “open”. I’ve also been helping out with getting the Journal of Primary Health Care set up using the Open Journal System.
I enjoyed the discussion and think that Open Access is certainly how things will end up in the publishing world. I’m not sure what business models will evolve to support this, but I suspect that there will be a range of options employed by different journals according to their individual needs and requirements.