COVID-19 has provided us with a relevant and practical example of the benefits of open science. The current moment should act as a catalyst for transforming the current flawed system of research communications into a global knowledge commons; a commons that is more efficient, inclusive, and governed by the scholarly community; a commons with no barriers to access or to publish research.
The short piece nicely summarizes the problems with our existing system and its root cause:
Despite widespread recognition of these problems, they have endured for many years, in large part because research communications has been predominantly outsourced to profit-driven commercial entities, whose missions do not align with those of the research community or the public at large.
The authors’ point is to seize the pandemic window of opportunity—the momentary suspension of business as usual even among the Springers of the world. The crux is an academy-owned “commons” infrastructure, and they propose (as one major component) merging their own repository system with a review-and-curation overlay.