Can scientists and their institutions become their own open access publishers?

by Karen Shashok
Cornell University Library, 10 January 2017

23 pp. 252 kB

This article offers a personal perspective on the current state of academic publishing, and posits that the scientific community is beset with journals that contribute little valuable knowledge, overload the community’s capacity for high-quality peer review, and waste resources. Open access publishing can offer solutions that benefit researchers and other information users, as well as institutions and funders, but commercial journal publishers have influenced open access policies and practices in ways that favour their economic interests over those of other stakeholders in knowledge creation and sharing. The potential advantages and challenges involved in a shift away from for-profit journals in favour of institutional open access publishing are explored.

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