There is an increased demand for open access publications. How is this changing publishing business models? This interesting topic came to us from Soo Today in their article, “BEYOND LOCAL: How much should we be paying to access information?”
Many professionals believe research and discoveries need to be shared, especially when those discoveries are publicly funded. While questions around access to scientific research are important and grab attention, the implications are a particular concern for those of working in the arts and humanities.
Academic articles have been the main focus of the movement by which research outputs are distributed online, free of cost or other barriers, ultimately to promote reuse. Since the prospect of government funding is slim to none, there are consequences to this proposal. Not only would public research money end up into the pockets of the major publishers, arts and humanities in particular become even less viable.
Melody K. Smith
Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.