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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

"Other schools should follow Harvard's lead"

Open access to brilliant insights, Boston Globe, February 19, 2008.  An editorial.  Excerpt:

...The [Harvard] policy is a bold move to boost the unrestricted, global use of research articles. This open access policy fulfills the great promise of the Internet....It should mean fewer treks to academic libraries and fewer roadblocks on journal websites that now deny access to nonsubscribers unless they're willing to pay.

Proposed by computer science professor Stuart M. Shieber, the open access policy presumes that the mission of academic publishing is not to make money but to create, preserve, and share knowledge....Faculty members will have the right to opt out....But the hope is that most scholars will want their work to be read and cited as widely as possible.

Other schools should follow Harvard's lead. The move will also let arts and sciences faculty reclaim the right to use their published work from journals that have traditionally restricted the use of such work....

The Internet offers the means to free knowledge. The world's knowledge-brokers have to provide the will and the ways.

Update (2/27/08). Also see the letter to the editor in response to this editorial from H. Frederick Dylla, Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics.