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Thursday, April 15, 2004

The future of an OA journal

In an editorial in the April issue of Information Research, editor Tom Wilson asks his readers to comment on the possibility that this OA journal might "become only partly open access" in the future. "And, if you are seriously concerned, are you prepared to persuade your institution to contribute to its survival? ...[W]e seem to have a successful journal here and it is rather surprising to me that, following my efforts to secure the future of the journal, only two universities appear to be seriously interested in taking on the journal. A publisher is also interested and would probably make the journal open access to non-institutional IP addresses (that is, anyone accessing from a home computer would continue to use the journal freely, while institutions would pay) and to institutions in certain countries in the developing world and Central and Eastern Europe." (Thanks to Filipa Melo.)