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Henry sez, "Harvard Library's Faculty Advisory Council is telling faculty that it's financially 'untenable' for the university to keep on paying extortionate access fees for academic journals. It's suggesting that faculty make their research publicly available, switch to publishing in open access journals and consider resigning from the boards of journals that don't allow open access." Harvard’s annual cost for journals from these providers now ...
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One of my great wrong predictions in the early days of the internet was that scientific journals would be among the first things to go free, since it seemed there was no understandable reason they would not be. Got it pretty much backwards. But there seems to be a crest forming now. More top researchers are refusing to publish in the locked journals and if a couple of major schools like Harvard stopped subscribing, there would be much less incentive for authors seeking audiences to feel it's worth it to go in those journals.
Yet another signal that things are moving in the right direction. But the moves are so slow. and the battle is far from over. Let's remain very vigilant indeed against all initiatives favoring enclosure of our liberty to openly and freely communicate with one another, globally, on our way to human welfare, development and freedom. Next Immediate Objective: neutralize CISPA
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