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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Review of Willinsky

Lisa Ennis has written a review of John Willinsky's book (The Access Principle, MIT Press, 2005, print edition, OA edition), forthcoming from the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.  Thanks to William Walsh for the alert and, since I don't have access, for this excerpt:

One of the most interesting sections of the book looks at the role of professional associations in journal publishing. For instance, Willinsky explains that although the American Psychological Association produces over fifty journals, research by Tenopir and King shows the number of personal subscriptions held by scientists has halved, and that these scientists are doing a third of their reading online (p. 56). As more scientists read more online and allow print subscriptions to lapse, associations are having a difficult time managing their journals and are selling them off to commercial publishers. Willinsky argues that association journals can move to an online open-access model without losing any revenue. For example, he points to the Journal of Clinical Investigation published by the American Society for Clinical Investigation as a success story. The journal is published completely online and is free to whoever wishes to read it.