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Thursday, October 11, 2007

OA in the Nordic countries

Jan Hagerlid, Scholarly Open Access Journals and Libraries, in M. Rundkvist (ed.), Scholarly journals between the past and the future, Stockholm: Kungliga Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, Konferenser 65, 2007.  The article is in English and OA.

Abstract:   The role of academic libraries is changing in response to the profound transition of the scholarly communication system from a subscription-based to an Open Access model. The development of Open Access is briefly described and the concept defined. The options for the future of journals in the social sciences and humanities, focussing on the Nordic context, is discussed. Research councils and library funding bodies should support the transition of these journals to on-line and Open Access publishing. Libraries will in this process move from the role of a gate-keeper for research material owned by others to providing web access to content produced within their parent institutions.

PS:  The book in which this article appears collects the presentations from an April 2006 conference and came out in April 2007.