[Air-L] open-access is the future: boycott locked-down academic journals
haythorn at uiuc.edu
Sat Feb 9 07:32:55 PST 2008
This one has prompted me to respond! ... This is such an odd view of "powerful
academics". It is precisely the "powerful academics", aka tenured and/or full
Professors, who can afford to go to these new venues. Moreover, if work is not
getting full play in journals -- because of the invisibility and inaccessibilty of
print journals or fee-based online journals -- then why wouldn't we all flock to
online publishing to gain the 'power' of widespread access.
So, why don't we? -- because, believe it or not, many of us actually have put
time and energy into journals -- setting them up, reviewing papers, considering
the standards of good research, argumentation and knowledge, and wanting to
make it worth someone taking the time to open up a journal, and for those
outside our discipline to take us seriously as a discipline. Yes, it is a gatekeeper
role, and I'm proud to be part of it as should be all others who strive for quality
in their work and *their* journals.
---- Original message ----
>Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2008 16:37:15 -0500
>From: Christian Nelson <xianknelson at mac.com>
>Subject: Re: [Air-L] open-access is the future: boycott locked-down academic
>To: air-l at listserv.aoir.org
>We're still talking about open-source journals that would utilize
>some sort of reader rating system to make editorial decisions, right?
>Why would powerful academics leave the current set of journals, over
>which they have total editorial control, for journals over which they
>would have considerably less control, considering that journal
>article publication is the main source of academic capital for most
>scholars? No one ever gives up power willingly.
>On Feb 8, 2008, at 4:25 PM, Jimmy Wales wrote:
>> So yes, I agree: luring big names is part of what has to be done.
>> I just don't find that particularly daunting.
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