Tuesday, December 20, 2005

"The Access Principle"

Inside Higher Ed has an insightful article today on Open Access, entitled 'The Access Principle.' The article reviews the new book The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship, written by Professor John Willinsky. According to the article, the "book reviews the various models to bring the dissemination of knowledge online and to make it free, and along the way, the book criticizes plenty of publishing practices, copyright interpretations and scholarly traditions." I thought Willinsky's comments about open-access publishing ventures and the tenure system were interesting; how do our schools treat online publications at tenure time? If an article's impact is enhanced by online availability, and most studies indicate that it is, then certainly that will become the medium of choice for scholars.

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