Historians clash over open access movementHistorians in the News
tags: American Historical Association, open access
WASHINGTON -- If the open access movement can’t replace the traditional publishing model of scholarly journals, what problem is the effort trying to solve?
Participants during a session titled “Open Access and Publishing in History and the Social Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges” at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting clashed over that question Friday afternoon as they debated the role of open access journals in promoting scholarly research.
Journal subscriptions have traditionally funded the dissemination of
research, but supporters of the open-access movement have experimented
with shifting the costs elsewhere. One model, gold open access, requires
articles to be made available free online when they are published in
print, and the author pays a processing fee -- often about $2,000 -- to
offset the costs. Another model, green open access, makes a rough copy
of a published article available through a public repository. Some
universities have also adopted policies that require faculty members to
make their published research publicly available....
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