Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WIRED: To Make Open Access Work, We Need to Do More Than Liberate Journal Articles

WIRED Opinion:

"To Make Open Access Work, We Need to Do More Than Liberate Journal Articles
By Dan Cohen

In the days since the tragedy of Aaron Swartz’s suicide, many academics have been posting open-access PDFs of their research. It’s an act of solidarity with Swartz’s crusade to liberate (in most cases publicly funded) knowledge for all to read.

While this has been a noteworthy gesture, the problem of open access isn’t just about the ethics of freeing and sharing scholarly information. It’s as much — if not more — about the psychology and incentives around scholarly publishing. We need to think these issues through much more deeply to make open access widespread.

When the phrase academia is best known for is “publish or perish,” it should come as no surprise that ...(read on)


http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/01/we-need-more-than-releasing-articles-to-make-open-access-work/


  Post your research online, free and use the hashtag #PDFTribute, to honor Aaron Swartz

- If you would like to discuss the value of Open Access please contact Jane Burpee, Research Enterprise and Scholarly Communication Team, Library (lib.research@uoguelph.ca).


- Jane

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