Half-life is half the story

Danny Kingsley, Unlocking Research, Oct 16, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This post is a response to a recent panel in which Elsevier c.e.o. Ron Mobed said that Green Open Access threatens the viability of academic journals and that the embargo period must eb longer than 12 months. "The community will regret it if it sees journals collapsing.” Well, maybe not. But that's not the point of this response. In it, Danny Kingsley responds that "There is no evidence that permitting researchers to make a copy of their work available in a repository results in journal subscriptions being cancelled. None." That's actually disappointing to me, as I would have hoped institutions would be able to save journal subscription costs by encouraging Green OA. Image: AWOL.

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