A recent report on Open Access predicts that over the next 10 years the proportion of Open Access articles is likely to increase by 15-50%. The scale of the shift will depend on national and international policy decisions.
Libraries have a key role to play in making Open Access articles discoverable by the use of metadata and managing institutional repositories.
The report produced by the academic publisher SAGE in conjunction with the British Library brought together librarians and other industry exports to consider the role of librarians in the future of Open Access. As with all publishing models there are benefits and costs associated with Open Access.
The report advocates an ongoing dialogue on Open Access. The full report is available here.