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Open Access (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series) Paperback – July 20, 2012
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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.(Rob Harle Leonardo)
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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.Read more ›
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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Wonderful introduction that also works as a go-to reference. I gave in and bought a personal copy.Published 2 months ago by MNO
Peter Suber, being an ardent open access philosopher, supporter and advocate, writes different dimensions of open access movement in this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dr Anup K Das