The Future is Open Access

Saw this video from the SURF Foundation on an Open Access Week blog post and thought it was worth sharing. Dr Arianna Betti, doing research in the field of history of logic, describes some interesting examples of how she is creating and accessing Open Access materials. She mentions the IMPACT (Improving Access to Text) project and the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, as two such examples.

Dr Betti ends the video with this:

‘Right now, we still must choose between Open Access and prestige. Let’s keep our copyright. Let’s put our publications online available in repositories. Let’s choose the journals that have the best Open Access policies. And let’s create new Open Access journals. At some point in the future there will be no distinction what so ever between prestige and Open Access. The future is Open Access.’

Interesting to hear from someone from the humanities as recently I feel we’ve been talking a lot about science.


About Willow Fuchs
Willow is based at the Centre for Research Communications at the University of Nottingham, where she works as an Open Access Adviser on the NECOBELAC and OpenAIRE projects. She has previously worked on the JISC funded Repositories Support Project and JISC funded Research Communications Strategy project.

4 Responses to The Future is Open Access

  1. Is Open Access the only focus of this project/blog? What about other issues, such as current awareness, virtual research, mobile communications, and so on.

    • Willow Fuchs says:

      Hi Roddy,
      We will be focusing quite a bit on Open Access (as it is currently one of our major concerns), though we will be exploring other areas as well. We really appreciate suggestions and comments from readers, and definitely want to hear what concerns are plaguing academics, senior managers, information professionals etc, when it comes to scholarly communication (one of the purposes of this blog is try and find out more about these concerns). We will then do our best to start discussions on these topics. Please do let us know if there is anything else you would like to hear more about, or think needs investigating.
      Thanks for your comment.

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