Friday, February 8, 2008

QOTD: Danah Boyd on open access publishing

From Danah Boyd: open-access is the future: boycott locked-down academic journals

I vow that this is the last article that I will publish to which the public cannot get access. I am boycotting locked-down journals and I'd like to ask other academics to do the same.

If only all academics, and their institutions, would take such a principled stand we could blow this whole mess wide open. Three cheers Danah!


Peg Boyles said...

Whoa! Dare we imagine one step beyond: how open access could transform the statute-dependent gatekeeping roles of schools, colleges, universities, professional training programs, etc.

Brings Dave Weinberger's (and before him, Marshall McLuhan's) focus on the idea of the amateur into sharp relief.

Stevan Harnad said...

Ignore the past, and you're doomed to repeat it: Boycotts have been threatened before, and got precisely nowhere. Try self-archiving instead.

Stevan Harnad

Anonymous said...

I'm okay with self-archiving, it certainly makes sense, but it doesn't make sense to create 1000s of institutional repositories. It's not going to make these works any easier to find when they are buried deep in Google search results.

Anonymous said...

A big issue I have seen in academic research is "hidden results", only available in some tech paper made available by the authors. I always advise people to get their stuff posted in open repositories because it makes both more accessible and more visible. The same dictum applies in any space where you are trying to gain visibility.

However, what's really needed is for academia to learn to use URIs and to link more. The trend is going in the right direction in this regard, just slower than I would like.