Open access and scholarly publishing: is it time to tear down the paywalls?

26/10/2011 – 7:45 am
Stephen Oakshott

‘For researchers, not least those in the sciences, being published in the right sort of journals is no vanity project. It’s a matter of huge importance, with very real implications for people’s careers, and by extension their ability to put food on the table.

These journals are the sounding board for new ideas; they validate and advance particular disciplines; they are seen as a reliable reference point, the tried and trusted tools of the trade.

But does that mean journals should continue to expect to take copyright from their authors and charge often substantial fees just to read them?’

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Source: The Conversation

Authors: Roly Sussex & Phillip Long

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