Diversity in the Open Access Movement

Kent Anderson, The Scholarly Kitchen, Jan 24, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is a good two-part article (part one, part two) discussing some of the divisions in the open access movement. Part two lays them out quite nicely: are embargoes permitted, yes or no; is charging for access permitted, yes or no; and is the non- commercial license permitted, yes or no. Me, I can live with embargoes and I certainly allow for non-commercial licenses, but I am opposed to a definition of 'open access' that permits enterprises to put up tolls blocking access. I am opposed by primarily commercial agencies seeking to monetize open access by banning non-commercial licenses and enabling tolls for access.

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