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Open Access Highly Accessed Commentary

Chemistry publication – making the revolution

Steven M Bachrach

Author Affiliations

Department of Chemistry, Trinity University, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, Texas 78209 USA

Journal of Cheminformatics 2009, 1:2  doi:10.1186/1758-2946-1-2

Published: 17 March 2009

Abstract

The advent of the Internet has been the impetus for the Open Access movement, a movement focused on expanding access to information principally by reducing the costs of journals. I argue here that the Open Access movement has had little impact on the chemistry community and has taken our attention away from the real opportunity to revolutionize scientific communication. I propose a plan that both reduces the total cost of publishing chemistry and enriches the literature through incorporation of Open Data. By publishing lots of data, available for ready re-use by all scientists, we can radically change the way science is communicated and ultimately performed.