Research Guides

Open Access

Further Reading on OA

The sources listed in this selected bibliography correspond to the pages in this OA guide.  Open access is a dynamic and evolving topic and continues to be the subject of a great deal of thought and scholarship.  We will update this bibliography and the OA guide itself, as needed, to reflect research trends.

Further Reading: Open Access Overview

Academic Publishing Profits Enough To Fund Open Access To Every Research Article In Every Field
Tech Dirt on OA vs traditional publishing.

Academic Publishing is Full of Problems; Let's Get Them Right
Nancy Sims' critique of Laura McKenna's January 2012 Atlantic article positioning JSTOR as an Open Access thwarter (instead of Elsevier, Springer, or Wiley).

Digital Access to Knowledge: Research Chat with Harvard’s Peter Suber
From a Journalist's briefing database.

Dramatic Growth of Open Access
Heather Morrison's March 2012 focus on OA indicators

Economics of Scholarly Communication in Transition
Heather Morrison's June 2013 analysis: academic library budgets sustain scholarly journal publishing.

Evaluating Information: The Light Side of Open Access (ACRL.log)
NYCT's Maura Smale's April 2013 entry.

Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities
From U of M's DigitalCultureBooks, about shifting academic publishing to open access.

The Inevitability of Open Access
David W. Lewis' Sept 2012 C & RL article arguing that half of scholarly journal articles could be Gold author-supported OA between 2012-2021.

[JEP] The Journal of Electronic Publishing - Vol. 18, No. 3: On Access
A special issue of JEP published in Summer 2015 covering open access from various angles including economics, discoverability and use of OA scholarship, metadata, OA publishers, and more.

Open Access and the Future of Academic Scholarship
Barbara Fister's summary article, May 2012

Open Access Inaction
Jack Stilgoe's June 2013 call for scholarly publishing to "just get on with developing a model that works rather than profiteering from their own stubbornness."

Open Access Overview
Peter Suber, Earlham College

Planned Obsolescence
Kathleen Fitzpatrick @ The Digital University: A Digital Future? 2010 CUNY Conference.

Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No.
Hugh Gusterson's Sept 2012 CHE article arguing that uncompensated academic work serves commercial publishers.

Further Reading: Rationale - Why Open Access

CUNY Digital University 2010 Conference
Videos, from the site.

Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity
Universities commit to underwriting publication charges for articles in fee-based OA journals.

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..."

OASIS Making the Case for Open Access
Concise presentation for OA advocates.

The Obscene Profits of Commercial Scholarly Publishers
Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, and Informa reap substantial profit from (mostly) university library sales for (mostly) uncompensated academic work.

The Real Digital Change Agent
Consider OA as necessary to support MOOC, or the CUNY-style POOC.

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."

The Tragedies of Scholarly Publishing in 2013
Cathy Davidson on the occasion of a young man's death.

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).

Further Reading: OA & The Dissertation

The Dissertation Can No Longer Be Defended
February 11, 2013 Chronicle of Higher Education.

Embrace and Ambivalence
Virginia Kuhn's 2005 UW digital dissertation was one of the first. Do we know yet how to review, archive, and manage digital grad work?

Free US ETDs:  The Archived Postings from the FUSE Blog, 2014-2012
Texas A&M's Gail Clement's work promoting open access graduate research.

How Blogging Helped Me Write My Dissertation
January 29, 2013 Chronicle of Higher Education.

SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses
Guide to the processes of digital research.

Writing and Defending Your Digital Dissertation:  Join the Conversation!
HASTAC and CUNY's Cathy Davidson with NYU's Diana Taylor and Duke's Dwayne Dixon on his Scalar-based dissertation.