Open access is a great idea except for the cost that comes with it. A taxonomic work usually contains pages and pages of specimen information that will add a lot of pages to a publication. This is an impediment that I am facing.
I am doing a taxonomic revision of a relatively large genus of assassin bugs. I will deal with ~70 species and publish a monograph of 300-400 pages. Half of those will be probably specimen information. I am not willing to spend one or two thousands dollars on those pages. "Zookeys" is a good open-access journal for publishing taxonomic works, however, the journal does not allow appendix and I will have to publish everything including the 200-page specimen information.
Scientific publications are necessary for scientific communications, but in my view neither the high-cost open access model nor the conventional publishing method is the best way to go. The ideal would be a non-profit driven, community-based platform where scientific works can be disseminated and communicated at the lowest cost and with the highest accessibility and visibility. I envisage something like a blog or a wiki system.
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