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[A] very important book...a must read for all scholars and researchers who publish their own work or consult the peer-reviewed published work of others--in other words, virtually all academics.

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  • Series: The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (July 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262517639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262517638
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,190 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, a Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, a Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and a Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College. For more details, see my home page, http://bit.ly/petersuber .

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It comes down to this. I am a taxpayer and a physician. It makes me madder than Hell to have to pay $35.00 to read a single PDF of a journal article when my tax dollars already paid for the research. I have started several scientific companies and I need access to research papers to inform me and my team but since I am not a faculty member of a research institution, I do not have free access to the articles.... except occasionally. And that experience seems to be more common lately. The reason? Peter Suber and others like him who have been pushing Open Access to scholarly publications for some time. And it's gaining traction. You should know about this important movement in opening up scientific knowledge.

I am new to the open access issue even though I have published a number of academic papers. I had some misconceptions about what it was and I was very ignorant of the issues surrounding it. When I did a little research on my own, I found that the major publishers get all their content for free (the articles), and free volunteers to peer review the papers, yet they charge enormous sums of money to the libraries for the subscriptions, and soak the individual who wants to read a few papers.

Peter Suber's book is terrific. It is short and easily readable in a couple of sittings. That said, he is very thorough and clear at explaining what Open Access is, and why it benefits both the author, the research enterprise and society. He takes a step by step look at open access that will take someone new like me through the topic and at the end make me feel like I understand it quite well. It is broad and thorough enough, however, that someone reasonably familiar with the topic will achieve a deeper knowledge of Open Access.
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The way I solve the problem of access to commercial publications is to maintain a subscription to the local university's library. For $35/year I can use their library terminals to access the internet and their full-source digital library, besides checking out physical books and eBooks.

Still, the OpenAccess world is quite an innovation in terms of the world's access to quality information, especially for people in less wealthy countries.

The matter of taxpayer funding for research that subsequently goes commercial goes well beyond the printed word. We pay for research and then have to pay for access to the results of that research. Why, for instance, do I have to pay to obtain computer code and documentation written with public funds? Why do I have to pay for blueprints, beyond cost of storage and transmission? It is a most-ridiculous situation that takes tax-payer funds and then charges the tax-payer for access.
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Crisply written, persuasive, and powerful thinking about the importance of Open Access. Clears up many misconceptions--and made me a true believer! I plan to use it as a text in my masters course on ethics and the New Media next year.
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