For the past several months, the Journal of Neuroscience has been hosting a series of articles concerning Open Access and the future of scholarly publishing -- OA's merits, who pays for it and the role of the scholarly society. A series of guest columnists spear-headed the discussion:
Sept 6 Why Open Access to Research and Scholarship? John Willinsky
John Willinsky is Pacific Press Professor of Literacy and Technology at the University of British Columbia. He is the author of The Access Principle. The case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006).
Sept 13 Will Research Sharing Keep Pace with the Internet? Richard K. Johnson
Richard Johnson was the founding Executive Director of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), which was founded in 1998 by a group of libraries to promote competition in scholarly publishing.
Sept 20 As We May Read. Paul Ginsparg
Paul Ginsparg is a professor of physics and computing and information science at Cornell University. He is the creator of http://arXiv.org, which provides an immediately available, online "archive" of preprints, primarily in physics, mathematics, and computer science. Submissions are not peer-reviewed, but can be submitted as well to peer-reviewed journals.
Sept 27 Reinventing the Biomedical Journal. Richard Smith
Richard Smith is Chief Executive of UnitedHealth Group Europe and former Editor of the British Medical Journal. He is a board member of the Public Library of Science.
Oct 4 Open Access and the Future of the Scientific Research Article. Matthew Cockerill and Vitek Tracz
Matthew Cockerill is Publisher at BioMed Central, which currently publishes 162 open access journals in biology and medicine. Vitek Tracz is Chairman of the Science Navigation Group (formerly Current Science Group) of which BioMed Central is a member company.
Although the articles are interesting and thuoght-provoking, for some reason there appears to have been no participation in a subsequent online forum!
Posted by Katie Newman at November 20, 2006 4:45 PM