Open Access Week 2012

Open Access is a new model of scholarly publication based on sharing.

Open Access means free, immediate access to scholarly material in full.  It’s a reversal of the old model, where university faculty write articles, publish them in commercial journals, and the library has to buy it back for other faculty and students to read.  That’s paying for it twice–in the researcher’s salary and the library’s money!  And the publisher owns the article and can decide when and how it’s used and reused–the writer has no further control over its use.  The Internet providing a quick and simple way to distribute information to the world at a minimal cost, paid by organizations and individuals who want to see their research get the widest possible audience.  Universities and libraries worldwide are getting behind this new model of scholarly publication.

Open Access Week is a time to learn about this powerful new model.

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