One of Ashburner’s recent project has involved mining the scientific literature and providing smart databases. He points out that open access literature allows people who mine scientific papers to make their results available. Even thought he and his colleagues are free to search any article they have access to, they can’t share those results with people who can’t access the protected literature. In the video, he lists three reasons to publish in open access journals: it’s the moral high ground, it increases the amount of people who read your articles, and you maintain the copyright on your work. Additionally, he points out that non-open access journals are scam because universities end up paying for the research twice — once to generate the results and again to access them.