The New York Times uses an article from the Public Library of Science journal, PLoS One. It’s another step towards the standard of openness.

The study reveals that parallel brain activity of both sides of the brain allows experts to analyze a chess problem more quickly than novices whose left brain does the work. That’s interesting.

But what excited me (I’m excitable, I guess) was that the New York Times was reporting on a study written up in an open access journal. In the case of PLoS One, the articles are published using the Creative Commons Attribution License (cc-by) which makes the information immediately and deeply accessible to all of us.

CC-BY allows reuse, reworking, republishing and more; as long as the original source is acknowledged.

Such work is what education needs. Teachers and students benefit. Learning becomes easier. Copyright issues are avoided. Attribution is easy to do and helps to teach the difference between copyright, copying and plagiarism.

Those noble goals are going to be easier to achieve as mainstream publications like the New York Times refer to articles like this one.

PLoS even makes it stunningly easy to do the proper attribution. A link at the right of the article’s web page gives the following citation.

Bilalić M, Kiesel A, Pohl C, Erb M, Grodd W, 2011 It Takes Two–Skilled Recognition of Objects Engages Lateral Areas in Both Hemispheres. PLoS ONE 6(1): e16202. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016202