Examines current issues in journals publishing and look to how the industry will develop over the next few years. With contributions from leading academics and industry professionals, the book provides an authoritative and balanced view of this fast-changing area and features a discussion of Open Access initiatives and how OA may shape the future of journal publishing.
The era of the book as the unrivalled source and vehicle for knowledge is coming to an end. Digitization makes the physical properties of books disposable. This is the moment when books could both spring free of the limitations of production processes that have constrained them for 500 years and could also shatter into smithereens, shards of scattered knowledge no longer bound and made meaningful by context, cover and care.
In the sciences, the merits and ramifications of open access—the electronic publishing model that gives readers free, irrevocable, worldwide, and perpetual access to research—have been vigorously debated. Open access is now increasingly proposed as a valid means of both disseminating knowledge and career advancement. Hall presents a timely and ambitious polemic on the potential that open access publishing has to transform both “papercentric” humanities scholarship and the institution of the university itself.
Information is given about the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference, a three-day meeting in the U.S. The Berlin 9 meeting focused on open access publishing's significance in research, scientific productivity, innovation, and commercialization. Topics raised at the forum were incorporating the public access concept in national research policies, collaborating across research communities, and supporting the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities.
Suber, P. (2011). Open Access and Copyright. SPARC Open Access Newsletter, 159. Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.
From the beginning, OA struggled against the widespread assumption that it must violate copyright law. But this has been a struggle against perception, not reality. In fact, steering clear of infringement has always been easier than steering clear of this false assumption and the harm it has caused. There are bullet-proof methods for OA publishers and repositories to avoid copyright problems. These methods are better known today than they were five years ago, but we still struggle against the same false assumption, the same fear, the same skittishness, the same needless capitulation, and the same dishonesty. Here's an attempt to clarify the situation in a dozen propositions.
Highlighting online open access publishing by scholarly journals, the author makes a case for open access as a public good. A commitment to scholarly work carries with it a responsibility to circulate that work as widely as possible: this is the access principle. In the digital age, that responsibility includes exploring new publishing technologies and economic models to improve access to scholarly work. Wide circulation adds value to published work; it is a significant aspect of its claim to be knowledge. The right to know and the right to be known are inextricably mixed.