Last Updated: Mar 18, 2015
OA journals are not cost-free. OA publishing costs often shift to authors, funders, or authors' institutions.
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OA publishing is web accessible, free of charge, and free from licensing restrictions. OA means a work can be widely shared and cited.
OA publishing allows work to be widely discovered, freely read, and frequently cited. OA is fully compatible with peer review; though some OA journals are not peer reviewed. OA may reduces library costs by eliminating excessive subscription fees to boost publisher profit margins, but OA is not free (costs to run peer review, editing, distribution must be covered).
- Virginia Commonwealth University
VCU faculty senate urges tenure review to value the public benefit of OA publishing
- Huge Profits Cost University Libraries
Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, and Informa reap substantial profit from (mostly) university library sales for (mostly) uncompensated academic work
- Values and Scholarship by 11 University Provosts
Consistent with these deeply held academic norms, we provosts have advocated for taxpayer access to federally-funded research, writing, for example, a 2006 open letter in support of the Federal Research Public Access Act, and supporting this Congressional session’s proposed extension of the legislation (HR 4004/S 2009).
- CUNY Digital University 2010 Conference
videos, from the Fora.tv site
- The Tragedies of Scholarly Publishing in 2013
Cathy Davidson on the occasion of a young man's death
- The Real Digital Change Agent
Consider OA as necessary to support MOOC, or the CUNY-style POOC
- Dominique Babini on the state of Open Access: Where are we, what still needs to be done?
July 2013 interview with Open Access Advocacy leader at the Latin American Council on Social Sciences (CLACSO): "... I do not believe scholarly communication should be subject to commercial interests. Like research itself, it should be funded by governments and it should be done on a non-profit basis. So in my view all roads that contribute to non-commercial OA are good for the developing regions..."
- SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES IN LATIN AMERICA'S RESEARCH-INTENSIVE UNIVERSITIES
Alperin, Fishman, and Willinsky, 2010: " OA has allowed increasingly numbers of Latin American scholars to change their mode and style of participation in accessing as well as
producing scholarship that aspires to be both ―local & global."
Open Access publishing allows an article published anywhere, not only those published in prestigious journals, to make a difference. Explore these tools to expand academic assessment to include the impacts and values of published OA articles.
- Share It Now or Save It For Later: Making Choices about Dissertations and Publishing
CUNY GC's April 30, 2014 panel debate about open access publishing featuring open access proponents and opponents: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Jerry Singerman, Philip Leventhal, Gregory Donovan, Colleen Eren.
- How to Make Your Research Open Access (Whether You're at Harvard or Not) October 2012
features OA Scholarly Communications Officer Stu Shieber and OA philosopher Peter Suber, in that order. Harvard changes the publishing default so that authors must make an effort to opt NOT to retain copyright.
- Book Talk: Peter Suber on Open Access
Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, shares insights from his introduction to open access.
- Next Gen Peer Review
Kathleen Fitzpatrick and Peter Binfield from the Oct 2012 Ithaka conference
- Gregory T. Donovan's 2013 CUNY GC Commencement Speech
"Google may deliver results for just about any query but they don’t reveal their methods. That, my friends, is the critical difference between a search engine and a scholar."
- Why open access is better for scholarly societies
January 2013, Stu Shieber "... some scholarly societies may still find it too worrisome...not because they disagree ... that they fare better in an open access world, but because they fear not making it through the transition to that world."
- AHA: Not So Fast Open Access
as reported in Inside Higher Education, September 24, 2012
- AHA Statement on Scholarly Journal Publishing
September 2012, criticizes Britain's Finch Report endorsing author-supported "Gold" OA, i.e. publishing in an open access journal
- Duke's Kevin Smith on the AHA
the AHA does not consider repository-based "Green" OA; criticizes Britain's OA journal mandate
- Promoting Open Access in the Humanities
OA advocate and philosopher Peter Suber's 2004 reasoning still applies 8 years later - what's holding up OA in the humanities?
- Our Cultural Commonwealth: the report of the American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS recommends p. 30 that leaders in the humanities and social sciences "develop, adopt, and advocate for public and institutional policies that foster openness and access."
- Openness, Value, and Scholarly Societies: the MLA model
Fitzpatrick questions gains from paid subscriptions to support Society work, Dec 2012
- The Historians Are Revolting
From the Society for Scholarly Publishing, Jan 2013
- The potential effect of making journals free after a six month embargo
ALPSP May 2012 report: "The main purpose of the survey was to determine whether or not an across-the-board mandate to make journals articles available free of charge after publication would have a material effect on libraries’ subscriptions. The results of the survey indicate very clearly that it would."