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Making use of Open Access

Open access (OA) publishing (providing access to full text free of charge) was recently presented in one of the kiosks during Science Week. The topic raised a number of questions and discussions mainly related to the availability of OA journals and the institutional support required. However publishing Open Access articles is not limited to scientific journals and is utilized by a number of CIMMYT colleagues. The library has just received an example of a book published in OA. Jiankang Wang from the CIMMYT Beijing office contributed a chapter on ‘Modelling and Simulation of Plant Breeding Strategies’ to the book PLANT BREEDING edited by Ibrokhim Y. Abdurakhmonov. The entire book can be downloaded from INTECH. Thank you Jiankang for championing Open Access. We strongly encourage more colleagues to use the same approach!