Inspired by the recent resignation of Winston Hide as the Associate Editor of the journal Genomics and his subsequent embrace of the Open Access movement, on Friday in a blog post on the Malaria World website, Bart Knols, Associate Editor of the Elsevier Journal Acta Tropica, announced his resignation from the editorial board of that journal.
In his post, Dr. Knols recognized the courage and integrity of principles of Dr. Hide’s decision:
“The days for massive profits from scientific publishing may be counted. In the same way that Kodak saw its film industry disappear at the dawn of digital photography. In the same way that stamps started becoming rare when email surfaced…”
From our corner as supporters of Open Science, we salute Dr. Knol’s determination and integrity. His gesture provides valuable momentum to the Open Access movement, and serves as a second call of awakening for academics who are still in conflict between adherence to the socially-responsible principles of scientific research and the convenience of nurturing resumes for their own careers.
“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room”
Many times we have heard others raise the excuse: “Why to attempt to change the Status Quo if I’m only one person… what impact can I possibly have”. Here Dr. Knols remind us masterfully, how much each small action really matters.
For more interesting material from Dr. Knols, you may want to watch his TED Talk:
And of course, his video clip on the importance of Open Access for scientific research in the developing world:
Our admiration and respect goes to Dr. Knols, a real scientist who “talks the talk, and walks the walk!”