Thursday, 10 October 2013

Open Access - FYI

With Open Access Week coming up 21 - 25 October, some information about Open Access:

Rhodes Library LibGuide on OpenAccess 

Open Access for the deeply confused

The latest:  Peter Suber on the state of Open Access: Where are we, what still needs to be done?

Some Open Access Journals

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder.
OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labour, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review.
OA literature is not free to produce, but may be less expensive
Are there better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers? Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered.
Ref:  A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber

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