This short piece by Brad Weiss provides a reflection on Cultural Anthropology’s transition to open access publishing and a thoughtful discussion of the questions which drove this decision and the subsequent questions which exiting from Wiley-Blackwell has raised.
After the American Anthropological Association began publishing its journals through Wiley-Blackwell in 2004, critics from the Society for Cultural Anthropology wondered:
why should academics give the products of their scholarly labor—in the form of both their articles and their work as reviewers—to a for-profit press that generates its revenue by selling those products back to our home institutions in the form of (rather expensive) library subscriptions?
This question sparked the beginning of a journey towards open access. Read the rest of the story here:
Open access and the transformation of academic publishing: A view from Cultural Anthropology
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Well, this is very interesting and exactly the type of topic that fits in well with our ICIS project:
Humanities left behind as China embraces open access science.
The article reports on how China as a whole is pushing open access in the sciences but how the humanities in China are pretty much the opposite. The writer Michael Hockx suggests that a big revolution could happen if China embraced green open access in the humanities. Really interesting points here.
Well, this is certainly the most comprehensive treatise I have ever seen on Open Access publishing: Open Access Publishing: A Literature Review | CREATe. It was written by “Giancarlo Frosio under the supervision of Estelle Derclaye (2014)” and
comes from the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe). It is VERY comprehensive and has discussion, review, and comments on just about every issue associated with Open Access publishing that one could think of. I do not know if there is any particular “angle” to the writings here. What I looked at (not all of the document) seemed to be a relatively objective assessment of various OA issues. Anyway, it is definitely worth a look for anyone interested in scholarly publishing or Open Access publishing or related issues.
Well, I figure, if I am going to write blog posts about academic publishing, why not post them here, rather than at my “normal” blog. One area of great interest to many in academic publishing is in how one can publish a new journal at low cost – and yet have the journal be Open Access. Although there is a lot of chatter about this topic, I figured I would use social media to get some additional ideas in this area. So I posted a request to Twitter yesterday about this and have gotten a decent diversity of responses. I have created a Storify summary of these responses. Any other ideas or suggestions would be welcome.