Journal of Nanophotonics • Open AccessQui payes?
Much, but not all, research today is financially supported by governments. In democratic dispensations, that means that a significant portion of research is funded by the taxpayers. Since the taxpayers have paid for the research upfront, should they not receive the research results for free? This argument underlies the concept of open-access publication of research results that is being increasingly demanded by governments and public-interest groups.