Open Access in the Book Disciplines

Sigi Jöttkandt, co-founder, Open Humanities Press

While the move towards open access is often framed in terms of journal articles, Sigi considers “the growing need for viable open access dissemination options, particularly in Humanities disciplines, which are heavily reliant on the book form.”

Open Access to Scholarly Publishing

Penny Carnaby, University Librarian; Professor, Digital Knowledge Systems, Lincoln University.

Discussing the future of open access in New Zealand, Penny argues that the point of research “is to increase global knowledge. Disseminating work through open access channels means that researchers in less resourced institutions, practitioners in the field and the general public can share findings.”

Open Access: Some Thoughts from a Publisher’s Perspective

Alice Meadows, Director of Society Relations at John Wiley and Sons.

Despite the challenge open access poses to existing business models, Alice argues that publishers have “discovered that OA offers many new opportunities for us, as well as real benefits for the scholarly and wider community.”

Giving It Away: Sharing and the Future of Scholarly Communication

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association

In this edited version of her keynote speech to the 2012 Modern Language Association conference, Kathleen asks, “What if we were to recognize that the only way to hold onto the knowledge we have – and to help higher education and the communities within which we work to thrive – is to give it away?”

The Challenge for Scholarly Societies

Cameron Neylon, Advocacy Director, Public Library of Science

“The fate of scholarly societies is one of the most contentious and even emotional in the open access landscape,” writes Cameron Neylon, in his post on the future of society publishing in an age of open access.

Open Scholars Needed for Open Access

Richard White, Copyright Officer, University of Otago

Richard writes about the movement towards open access at the University of Otago.

[Image of Richard White, via Richard’s Twitter account, is used with permission.]

On the Cultural Heritage of Science

Fabiana Kubke, Senior Lecturer, School of Medical Sciences, University of Auckland

Focusing on the process of scientific research, Fabiana argues that science is a cultural activity, one which depends on common practices of sharing and reuse. As she concludes, “I say it is time to say goodbye to ‘publish or perish’ and time to say hello to ‘share or perish.'”

Open Access and the Role of Universities in Society

David Nichols, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, University of Waikato

In this discussion of the role of publicly funded higher education, David argues that “the stereotypical ivory tower characterisation of academics has been largely consistent with their publishing practices.”

[Image of All Soul’s College, Oxford, by Tony Hisgett, is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Licence.]

Open Access — A Challenge

Siouxsie Wiles, HRC Hercus Fellow, School of Medical Science, University of Auckland.

Siouxsie argues that open access to publicly scientific research should be coupled with a change in the way scientists communicate their findings: “At the very least, every paper published under an Open Access banner should have a summary of the main findings that can be understood by a general audience.”

Is Open Access for Free Too Much To Ask?

Paul Gardner, Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics, Canterbury University

Paul takes a look at the fees charged by author-pays open access journals, and asks: “Are any providing good value for money?”

The OER University

Dr Wayne Mackintosh, founding director of the OER Foundation, Commonwealth of Learning Chair in OER at Otago Polytechnic.

Wayne shares our Kiwi innovation to provide free learning opportunities for all students worldwide.

PrOActive about Open Access

Sarah Blatchford, Regional Director, Routledge/Taylor & Francis Australasia

Sarah outlines efforts by Taylor & Francis to respond to international open access mandates, including their plan in 2013 “to implement the T&F Open Select (‘Gold OA’) facility across the majority of our journals.”

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