How Open Access Benefits Developing Countries
- Patients: as in the United States, patients in developing countries face significant barriers in accessing research crucial for making informed health care choices; however, their barriers are often much higher, because their institutions have even less money to spend on expensive journal subscriptions.
- Doctors: like their patients, doctors in developing countries face steep challenges in gaining access to the latest medical knowledge, often forcing them to rely on outdated medical practices, inevitably costing lives.
- Academies: colleges and universities in developing countries face even tougher challenges in trying to acquire the latest scholarly research than their American and European counterparts and often suffer from anemic library budgets. Opening access in the United States will greatly increase the information available to these students and significantly improve the quality of education available to millions of people in the process.