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PLoS Biology Editor-in-Chief: I will never publish in non-OA journals
Submitted by Martin Kucej; posted on Saturday, March 01, 2008
Submitter Jonathan Eisen, the Academic Editor-in-Chief of PLoS Biology, shares his personal story that helped to convert him to an open-access publishing supporter:

"...a two-month-long medical nightmare ensued that eventually ended in the stillbirth of my first child. While my wife and I struggled with medical mistakes and negligence, we felt the need to take charge and figure out for ourselves what the right medical care should be. And this is when I experienced the horror of closed-access publishing. For unlike my colleagues at major research universities that have subscriptions to all journals, I worked at a 300-person nonprofit research institute with a small library. So there I was—a scientist and a taxpayer—desperate to read the results of work that I helped pay for and work that might give me more knowledge than possessed by our doctors. And yet either I could not get the papers or I had to pay to read them without knowing if they would be helpful. After we lost our son, I vowed to never publish in non-OA journals if I was in control."

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