SciELO, Open Infrastructure and Independence

« The Open Access movement was founded on the aspiration that the decentralized and open nature of the Internet architecture, coupled with the ethos of knowledge sharing, would begin to redress the asymmetry in the power structure and hierarchies of the World Scientific Publishing System. This was thought to be possible as institutions and academics from around the world would be able to produce and circulate knowledge freely without the mediation of legacy publishing outlets. For scientific publishing from the periphery, this means not only bypassing the cost and permission barriers imposed by traditional publishing, but also the gatekeeping power of commercial publishers, which have been driven by market logic rather than intellectual concerns. (…) »