In Whose Interest?

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Jun 15, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I think this is a very good question. As the article notes, scholarly groups in the U.S. are lining up against legislation that would require open access to publicly funded research within six months of publication. Why this opposition? Open access, if it helps anyone, helps the reserachers these groups represent. So why are these groups opposed? My view echoes Peter Suber's. "[He] said that these criticisms showed that the anthropology association (and others like it) have a conflict of interest. 'They pretend to be speaking in the interests of scholarship, but they are really speaking for the interests of their publishing arms.'"
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