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Monday, October 01, 2007

More on the costs of not moving to OA

A. A. Adams, Copyright and research: an archivangelist’s perspective, SCRIPT-ed, September 2007.  Excerpt:

...And in all the economic discussion the real cost of not moving to OA is ignored: the constant and huge loss of efficient communication between scholars, and in particular the stifling of innovative interdisciplinary research and cross-discipline synergy of research....

Reduction in the profits of publishers would not diminish economic activity but allow academia to divert the money from the pockets of publishers and back to the research itself....

To be an academic carries with it a great deal of freedom, or at least it should. At a time when pressures on academic freedom are rife, everywhere from Australia to Zimbabwe, academics should be confronting the responsibilities that go with their cherished and fought-for freedoms. That responsibility is to disseminate one’s work as widely as possible, to hold it up for criticism and to allow others to build on it. To do so demands that we hold Open Access to our articles as a categorical imperative and not allow the tail of academic publishing to wag the dog of academic communication.

PS:  Much of Adams' article is a critique of an earlier SCRIPT-ed article by Kevin Taylor.  Also see my own critique of Taylor's article.

Update. Also see Stevan Harnad's comments on Adams' paper.