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Dramatic growth of Open Access

Posted by Megan on October 26, 2010

McGill Library recommended reading from Open Access week:

The Dramatic Growth of Open Access: September 30, 2010

The dare to compare section below asks the evocative question of whether the open access sector is, or soon will be, ready for serious comparison with the subscription sector. There are at least four major free or open access journal collections that are more than twice the size of the largest commercial publisher, Elsevier, in terms of number of titles. Read on

The blog The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics is a great destination for learning more about open access.

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE ANYONE CAN INSTANTLY ACCESS ALL OF THE WORLD’S SCHOLARLY KNOWLEDGE – AS PROFOUND A CHANGE AS THE INVENTION OF THE PRINTING PRESS. TECHNICALLY, THIS IS WITHIN REACH. ALL THAT IS NEEDED IS A LITTLE IMAGINATION, TO RECONSIDER THE ECONOMICS OF SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS FROM A POETIC VIEWPOINT.

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One Response to “Dramatic growth of Open Access”

  1. GOLD FEVER

    If you are eager for universal OA whilst you are still hale, hearty and compos mentis, forget about the statistics on the growth of Gold OA (publishing) and focus instead on the statistics on the growth — and, more important, the immediate growth potential — of Green OA (self-archiving), especially the actual and potential growth of its all-important Green OA self-archiving mandates.

    The surest, easiest and fastest way to universal Green OA is for universities and funders to mandate it. That also happens to be the surest, easiest and fastest way to reach universal Gold OA, eventually.

    Concordia is the only one of the four Montreal universities to have adopted a Green OA self-archiving mandate.

    Let McGill be the next.

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