we’re in the final stages of review for a manuscript recently submitted to an open access journal; a first for the lab. interestingly, the whole experience has been very positive. excellent communication from the editorial team throughout and a refreshingly fast turnaround time from reviewers. beyond the arguments for and against open access (which have been clearly outlined elsewhere), if recent experience is anything to go by I’ll be returning to this particular journal. of course, there are fairly hefty (for a small lab, at least) fees associated with OA, though the U of Calgary is enlightened enough to support publication costs.