The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing)

The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing)

John Willinsky


Questions approximately entry to scholarship return farther than fresh debates over subscription costs, rights, and digital documents recommend. the good libraries of the previous -- from the fabled assortment at Alexandria to the early public libraries of nineteenth-century the USA -- stood as arguments for expanding entry. within the entry precept, John Willinsky describes the most recent bankruptcy during this ongoing tale -- on-line open entry publishing through scholarly journals -- and makes a case for open entry as a public good.A dedication to scholarly paintings, writes Willinsky, contains with it a accountability to stream that paintings as extensively as attainable: this can be the entry precept. within the electronic age, that accountability contains exploring new publishing applied sciences and monetary types to enhance entry to scholarly paintings. large movement provides price to released paintings; it's a major element of its declare to be wisdom. the fitting to understand and the ideal to be recognized are inextricably combined. Open entry, argues Willinsky, can profit either a researcher-author operating on the best-equipped lab at a number one study college and a instructor suffering to discover assets in an impoverished excessive school.Willinsky describes sorts of entry -- the recent England magazine of drugs, for instance, supplies open entry to matters six months after preliminary ebook, and First Monday forgoes a print version and makes its contents instantly available for free of charge. He discusses the contradictions of copyright legislations, the analyzing of learn, and the industrial viability of open entry. He additionally considers broader topics of public entry to wisdom, human rights concerns, classes from publishing historical past, and "epistemological vanities." the talk over open entry, writes Willinsky, increases an important questions about where of scholarly paintings in a bigger global -- and concerning the way forward for knowledge.

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