In this post I am going to highlight a few conservation open access journals.
However, first I want to comment on one aspect of my recent survey, the results so far indicate that, 82% of respondents have ‘read’ open access conservation material, with 12% saying they ‘haven’t’ and 6% saying ‘other’ (I presume meaning they are unsure). It was good to see that 37% of respondents had ‘been published’ in open access format, but, worrying that 17% said they ‘did not want to be’ published in open access format.
I say worrying, because I believe, and hope that conservation journals en-masse make the necessary decision to convert their content, and ethos, to an open access format. I feel that if they fail to do so we will lose these valuable resources, because there really is no getting away from the fact that the future of publishing is open access, and the future of research will be based primarily on open access material – for the simple benefits that text mining and other techniques will allow....[PS: Here omitting two YouTube videos.]
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.