In last few years the phenomenon of crowdfunding has spread dynamically across the internet, and Kickstarter is excellent proof that internet users are able and willing to contribute financially to projects which are of interest to them. Projects from Kickstarter gained millions of dollars. But crowdfunding does not just have to be for mainstream products, it can equally be applied to science as well as to Open Access.
Despite the growing support for Open Access within scientific community, the model needs a substantial backing from third parties. Money is essential in OA, and only governments are able to provide sufficient funds on a major scale. That is why OA needs help from official channels. And, truth to be told – governmental programs and policies not always reflect the real needs of Open Access and (let alone if they are occasional step back in disseminating this model), still, on many levels they help OA to gain ground and become more mainstream.
The publishers, who decide to issue journals or books in OA model, among other things, need to balance the level of openness and closure for their titles. Sometimes this goal is not easy to achieve. The case of the Journal of Library Administration perfectly illustrates this situation.
I am pleased to announce our next guest blogger. Tomorrow we will publish a post by Mercedes Bunz, one of the most versatile digital journalists that I know. As an avid Open Access advocate, Mercedes has agreed to contribute a text about a subjects, that appears somewhat neglected in the entire Open Access discourse: Books. Open Access books are reviewed and published faster than ever before. This has a profound effect on the role the book plays within our sciences. Rather than publishing just findings, the book becomes part of a scholarly conversation. To explore this conversation further, Mercedes’s blog […]
Open Access grows year by year. Governments and institutions introduce OA policies and try to provide funding without which expansion of this publishing model would not be possible. But still, the most important factor of the development of OA is a readiness of researchers and academics to accept and publish in this model. That is why the opinions and insights of authors on Open Access publishing are very important.
Another good week for Open Access: Cultural Anthropology, Auslegung: A Journal of Philosophy and DOAJ
This week was full of good news for Open Access. A couple of days ago I wrote about the switch of the Cultural Anthropology (published by the American Anthropological Association) to the OA model. This was just the first example of this week’s transition into Open Access.