Open Access

Peter Suber

Summary: A good overview of the issue with publishing science

Score: 55 / 100

Kindle clippings

“all rights reserved” means that without special permission users may do nothing that exceeds fair use.

good scholarly reasons to exceed fair use. For example: • to quote long excerpts • to distribute full-text copies to students or colleagues • to burn copies on CDs for bandwidth-poor parts of the world • to distribute semantically-tagged or otherwise enhanced (i.e., modified) versions • to migrate texts to new formats or media to keep them readable as technologies change • to create and archive copies for long-term preservation • to include works in a database or mashup • to make an audio recording of a text • to translate a text into another language • to copy a text for indexing, text-mining, or other kinds of processing

There is growing evidence that for some kinds of books, full-text OA editions boost the net sales of the priced, printed editions. OA may increase royalties rather than decrease them.

late Jim Gray used to say, “May all your problems be technical.”

Among other things, research includes knowledge and knowledge claims or proposals, hypotheses and conjectures, arguments and analysis, evidence and data, algorithms and methods, evaluation and interpretation, debate and discussion, criticism and dissent, summary and review. OA

Clay Shirky’s concise formulation, the real problem is not information overload but filter failure.24

would never want to see publishers lose it.)

we’re far from exhausting our cleverness and imagination.6

Scholars who expect to find the very best literature online, harmlessly cohabiting with crap, are inexorably replacing scholars who, despite themselves perhaps, still associate everything online with crap.

Nobody is surprised when cultural inertia slows the adoption of radical ideas.

OpenDepot, OpenAire, Academia, and Mendeley.

published: 2017-02-17
last modified: 2023-09-19