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Thursday, April 15, 2004

Defense of OA journals

Bruce Neville, Scholarly journals take a new form, Daily Lobo (student newspaper at the University of New Mexico), April 15, 2004 (registration required for the second of two pages). Excerpt: "The monopolistic commercial publishers that control many of the top scholarly journals are dependent upon the researchers to write, review and edit the manuscripts that they publish and sell back to the researchers by way of their libraries. Researchers are searching for ways to take back control over their scholarly output. Many, but unfortunately not all, professional societies are not bound by the profit motive of the commercial publishers and can make their members' research available at a more reasonable cost. The Association of Research Libraries and other organizations have formed SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, which publishes journals to compete directly with those of commercial publishers. Some SPARC journals have already overtaken their intended targets in scholarly reputation [and impact factor]."