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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Two pretexts for dismissal

Mary Page has blogged some notes on Deborah Wiley's talk at Charleston 2007 (Charleston, November 7-10, 2007).  Excerpt:

Deborah E. Wiley [is the] Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, John Wiley & Sons, Inc....

What is the most over-discussed scholarly communication issue: OPEN ACCESS!  Ms. Wiley observed that there is much repetition of principles and declarations. Not enough...attention is focused on the business model, and scholars themselves not that interested.

Comment.  It's not fair to criticize such a short paraphrase of longer remarks.  So I'll be hypothetical:  if anyone were inclined to make these claims, I'd have to reply that they were not paying attention.  First, there is far more discussion nowadays of practical implementations of OA, including business models, than declarations.  Look at any week of my blog archive as an example, or the "round-up" section of any issue of my newsletter.  Second, every study of scholar attitudes toward OA shows much less lack of interest than lack of understanding and lack of familiarity with the options.