Open Access Debate

The Open Access debate is a colossal issue in academic publishing today. However, if you haven’t studied publishing before – or even if you have, in some cases – then you might not be aware of the situation.

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As far back as 2004, open access has been considered the only way to make ‘scientific research freely available‘ on the internet. However, it wasn’t until 2011 that open access began to be widely discussed in the British media. Since then, it’s been a hot topic for anyone involved in academic publishing.

With people firmly placing themselves in the ‘for’ or ‘against’ camps, the debate can be an endless trail of opinion pieces that can confuse and isolate an outsider.

Although we have tried to put together as many informative pieces as possible, we have found it necessary to include some links to the more in-depth and specialist articles around the web.

Debating Open Access: a selection of journals discussing Open Access across the social sciences and humanities, from the British Academy

Parliament record on Open Access: all records on Open Access and the Finch Report

Open Access and the Humanities: a must-read by Martin Paul Eve for both those new to ideas about open-access scholarly communications and those with an already keen interest in the latest developments for the humanities.

Interview with Martin Hall, member of Finch Committee and Vice Chancellor of University of Salford: also worth reading the reply comment from Open Access advocate Stevan Harnad. Taken from Open and Shut blog by Richard Poynder.

Green, Gold, Gratis and Libre Open Access: a brief overview for beginners to Open Access.

Open Access in the Humanities: An article asking whether Open Access is need for humanities, and how to make it work.

UCL has provided a list of publishers OA schemes: so you can see which publishers favour Gold OA or Green OA.

The Access/Impact Problem: article outlining the positives of Green OA (dated 2004)

Gold Open Access in practice: can universities meet the rising costs of publication?


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