Earlier this summer, a press release came across my desk. The headline was “COVID-19 to Accelerate Transition to Open Access Publishing According to Simba Information.” While the global pandemic has obviously forced us all to reevaluate and reprioritize every single facet of our lives, I found this bit of news particularly interesting.

Instantly, I dove into the archives of the Journal of the Association for Vascular Access (JAVA), taking a peek at the few articles that are currently Open Access (OA). I also came across a column that former editor Lois Davis, RN, MSN, VA-BC wrote in volume 19, issue 3, of JAVA back in 2014. She provides an excellent rundown of the history of OA, how it benefits the publishing community, and how the process works. To review, she said:

  • The OA process makes an author’s work available...

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