Recent links on Open Access
- Pricey Cost per Page Hurts Humanities and Social-Science Journals: A study suggests that it costs more to publish humanities and social science journals than journals in the hard sciences; therefore author-pays OA is not viable in the humanities and social sciences. (One might add that humanities and social science researchers get less funding and are therefore less likely to be able to afford author fees in the first place.) Heather Morrison questions the results of the study, and discusses alternatives to the author-pays model for OA humanities and social-science journals.
- Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography: ‘presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet’.
- The Stallman Paradox: ‘Until society can resolve what I will call for the first time the “Stallman Paradox”, where learning and access enabling technologies, such as for example digital books, conversely disables the freedom to read and hence more than negates the actual benefits of said access, the rush to embrace all digital libraries and textbooks is a rush to a new dark ages.’
- A crime against knowledge: In South Africa, it’s ridiculously expensive to get access to scientific journals.
- Reinventing academic publishing online. Part II: A socio-technical vision: ‘Part I of this paper outlined the limitations of feudal academic knowledge exchange and predicted its decline as cross-disciplinary research expands. Part II now suggests the next evolutionary step is democratic online knowledge exchange, run by the academic many rather than the few. Using socio-technical tools it is possible to accept all, evaluate all and publish all academic documents.’
- Criticism of OA publisher Bentham: ‘Bentham Open is exploiting the good will of those who established the Open Access model by twisting it and exploiting it for profit. . . . The site has exploited the Open Access model for its own financial motives and flooded scholarly communication with a flurry of low quality and questionable research.’
- Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity: A group of universities promise to pay author fees for Gold OA publication of their researchers’ work. Stevan Harnad argues (convincingly, I think) that this is an ‘enormous strategic mistake‘. Gavin Baker agrees.
- The Trouble with Wikipedia as a Source for Medical Information: It’s not reliable, because a lot of it isn’t written by experts.