Necessity of Open Access
Results of scientific research are preferred to be shared as intellectual assets of all humankind in the first place. In
particular, the results of publicly funded research should be widely accessible and available by the public. On this
recognition, the current global trends are towards the promotion of open access that makes research results accessible,
arguing against the situation where journal articles are increasing hard to have access to on account of ever more
expensive subscription fees and ever stronger copyright protection. The establishment of open access are also promoted in
the Fourth Science and Technology Basic Plan.