Good article in the Times Higher today on the open access debate. Required reading I suspect for anyone with an interest in scholalry communication. Especially impressed that Salford’s VC appears to be championing open access there, if there’s one thing repository managers still need today it’s vocal senior administrative member speaking out in support.
I was writing my workshop for academics on open access that I’ll be running next month (2nd December) via our Staff Development Office, so this kind of overview is smashing. It’s something I’ll certainly be using to support the session and pointing my participants towards reading. Actually it might well form part of the hands on portion of the session, as I’m planning to really get the people there thinking about their own publishing habits and those of their peers in relation to OA.
It also gives the publisher’s side, which while dissmissive in part of some of the research on OA (I wonder if they’re so sneery about research they publish that doens’t impact on their business model?) remains of considerable interest. It even draws in the funders as well. As a clear and plain english overview it’s not bad at all.