Parry (2012) argues, “The exchange of information is fundamental for knowledge creation and social progress ...
Without knowledge transfer, inequalities quickly form, and political and economic power is rapidly concentrated in the few at the expense of the public.” The argument follows that a smart, informed democracy can only progress when information is open and available to everyone.
However, prohibitive costs of journal subscriptions and the reimagining of scholarly publication more generally have led to a new model of sharing research online: open access (OA).
OA is an increasingly popular method for distributing the findings of scientific research.
We look to and the PLOS Blog Network to consider how material access coupled with communication strategies developed by bloggers can work together toward more openly accessible original scientific research articles.
She traces the movement of scientific knowledge from expert to non–expert audiences and genres .
What happens to scientific knowledge as it moves across these two spheres of discourse?
However, we argue that while there have been significant moves to provide better material or technological access to research, OA advocates must still tackle the issue of making original scientific research articles conceptually accessible to broader publics.
Despite being freely available on the Web, research articles are not by default linguistically or conceptually accessible to the global public(s) they are partially intended to reach with the move to OA.