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Sunday, February 15, 2004

OA monitoring at Outsell

In Open Access Rumblings, February 13, 2004, Outsell notes three recent OA stories: (1) the MIT refusal to sign multi-year contracts with Elsevier and Wiley, (2) the declaration of independence at the Journal of Algorithms, and (3) the resolution adopted by the University of Connecticut Faculty Senate. Outsell's comment: "As we've predicted, the multifaceted revolt against big scholarly publishers and more frequent calls for Open Access alternatives have not abated....At many universities, the faculty and library have joined together in recognition that their collective weight can have a huge influence on the future of publishing practices. We're not yet to the point where any specific solutions are gaining critical mass, but we are clearly at a point where awareness of the issue is gathering steam as gaps and dysfunctionality in the current scholarly publications process become more visible."