Momentum for Open Access Research

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Sept 06, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The scholarly societies have been opposing open access to academic content, but as this article notes, it is increasingly apparent that they represent only their own interests, and not those of the academics they purport to represent. I haven't covered every iteration of the increasingly show of support by academics for open access, but this increment, the most recentl, in which the provosts of 25 research universities came out in favor of open access, is typical. The support for open access is there, as people become aware of the issue. And with that support, open access publishing beomes inevitable (and it will be really nice to be able to retire this issue - which, really, is nothing more than a battle against self-interested greed - and move on to the next challenge).
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