Monday, 15 June 2009

Open Access to Research

I have written previously about the need for open access in education.  I have come across recently a like-minded group in SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).  They have sponsored a student-prepared pamphlet calling for open access to research sources.  In this pamphlet they highlight that some Elsevier journals cost in excess of USD 20,000 for a subscription.  Elsevier is the company which was implicated in the cash for publication scandal.

This pamphlet makes a convincing case for a total rethink on how research is disseminated and highlights the damage which is being done by the current for-profit publication regime.