Future of open access

The academe is battling with a similar issue as the rest of the society: information overflow. At the same time as increasing volumes of academic work are published in numerous forms and platforms, still primary focus of research funders and excellence rankings are on so-called top journals. These are the ones that reap the benefits: Long-standing publishers who benefit from the free content provided and peer-reviewed by the academics themselves. The final result is sold back to the institutions in the form of online journal access, at a high price.

This linked article includes various viewpoints from UK scholars in response to a new government proposal on “gold” open access.

The topic is controversial and difficult to get to grips with, as the ones who it affects most are the ones currently being both empowered and exploited by it.

Open access discussion on Guardian Professional.

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There’s no justifying Research Council UK’s support for gold open access

LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog

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