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sloppyminutes3 karma

Jim, were the Dexter books your biggest inspiration for creating the show or did they just lay the framework for an idea you were interested in? Besides Michael C Hall, if you could pick any three actors to see audition for the role (from the pilot) today, who would you pick?

sloppyminutes2 karma

Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that the costs to students and researchers are free because the institution ultimately pays for it, but these readers are going to have access whether it's open access or not. That was a great answer though. Students from my university recently won an Accelerating Science award for re-using open access research to invent an HIV self-test. I agree that this is the most exciting part.

sloppyminutes2 karma

Hi! A lot of the intended readers of published academic research already have free access to it, paid by their university or company. What kind of change in readership are open access publishers interested in? Is there more of an effort to reach people in developing countries, for example, or to make the academic papers easier/more exciting to read for a non-academic audience?

sloppyminutes2 karma

I think this is covered by the varying degrees of use in the Creative Commons license. Some publishers are strict with which type of license their authors will use, and I've seen some that allow the author to choose. Maybe /u/tvol_cc can give a good answer for this.

sloppyminutes2 karma

I think PLoS's recent progress update report shows that they're interested in making scientific research more approachable, and that they are succeeding. There's less (positive) focus on impact factor (much more criticism) and more focus on readability, downloads, and social media.