To celebrate the ongoing Open Access Week 2014, Knowledge Unlatched launched a meme competition. To take part, send your contributions before Sunday, 26th October. Mine is visible above.
I have decided to follow this call and to share an image visualizing what Open Access means to me. In previous weeks I was writing a conference paper and this process took me to hell and back – hitting a paywall, before finally finding an open access article on my subject! By the way, on the occasion of Open Access Week, as a researcher working outside of academia, I would like to thank everyone who publishes papers in open access. P.s. The new Open Access button was launched yesterday. Have you tried it yet?
On the occasion of the Open Access week I am pleased to present an interview with Bo-Christer Björk, Professor of Information Systems Science at the Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration in Helsinki, Finland, and one of the most prominent open access researchers, having more than 3300 citations and h-index 28, according to Google Scholar. WK: You are the author or co-author of a significant number of peer reviewed papers on open access. What turned you to study this problem? Bo-Christer Björk: I used to work in the field of information technology in construction, and I was working with […]
I took part in an interesting Twitter discussion on Open Access and academia in general that was started by Curt Rice’s article ‘Wall Street analysts say open access has failed due to lack of focus, but their analysis might help it succeed.’ This text includes some interesting observations, although it shares the disadvantage of most blog entries – it is too concise and leaves the reader with more questions than answers. Professor Rice (apparently following the analytics from Bernstein Research) noticed that the Open Access movement faces difficulties rooted in its inner contradictions and, what is more interesting for me, inside […]
How Assyriology became Open Science? – Interview with Gábor Zólyomi on Open Access and his recent book
Your Academia.edu profile is really impressive. You uploaded more than 50 articles, which have been visited more than 13 thousands times. It has to be an important source of information for those interested in Assyriology. Why have you decided to make these works freely available? Papers in Assyriology are, as a rule, published in very specialized journals and it is difficult to get access to them. I believe that it is much easier and much faster to have on-line access and to read books and papers on the computer screen. I very often use articles published by my colleagues on […]
One of the arguments used most often against Open Access is that it is redundant. Supporters of this argument maintain that average people cannot make use of scientific research, and that professional researchers already have access to all the research they require though their libraries, which subscribe to all the important journals. Almost everything in this argument is false. First of all, it is worth spotting that this argument is very typical to the old and well-known syndrome that might be called ‘professional conservatism’. Professional conservatives defend their positions by claiming that there is only one way of gaining the […]