Open Access in Environmental Engineering: Journal of Bioremediation and Biodegredation

The Journal of Bioremediation and Biodegredation is part of the OMICS Group International which is an amalgamation of 500 open access journals.  Specifically, the Journal of Bioremediation and Biodegredation says that they are “dedicated to providing the advancements and dissemination of scientific knowledge concerning bioremediation and biodegradation and related academic disciplines.”  They do not go into detail about being an open access journal other than emphasizing a couple times that they are dedicated to the dissemination of scientific knowledge.

In context with “Everything is a Remix” I keep thinking over and over that every journal should be open access.  Since everything is a remix and new ideas are simply built on old ones, why should scientists be the only ones privy to the new ideas?  This seems to greatly restrict the number of people that can take those ideas and transform them into better ideas.  I think this stock pile of professional knowledge that scientists keep to themselves only distances them from the public for which they claim to serve.  Distrust in scientists is growing and openness should lead to more trust.

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