Open access has long been discussed and debated on the web, most often in blog posts or on dedicated blogs, but also in newspapers and other forms of digital publication. As elsewhere on this site, the collection of links below is not meant to be comprehensive, but to give you an idea of the issues. If you would like to suggest other blogs/blog posts to which we should link, just email us at IHR.Webmaster@sas.ac.uk.
Newspapers, periodicals and journal special issues
Times Higher Education regularly features the open access debate, focusing on the position in the UK. Recent articles include:
- Overseas academics ‘will have open access exemptions’
- RCUK changes open-access guidance yet again
- Let’s get this straight (on the misuse of open access terminology)
- RCUK fails to end ‘green’ embargo confusion, with further discussion in the THE podcast 14 March 213
- RCUK clarifies open access guidelines
- Open access policy scrapes the barrel
- RCUK open-access guidance revised
- Funding councils begin open access consultation
- Funding councils publish REF open-access proposals
- Peers lament open access confusion
- Open to abuse? We do it to ourselves
- Congress opens door to US open access
- Fools’ gold
In the US, the Chronicle of Higher Education is similarly concerned with open access. Recent articles and blog posts include:
- Scholars favor open-access journals, but some say quality and fees are concerns
- An open access tale
- Is there an open access citation advantage?
- Push for open access goes global
The Guardian Higher Education Network also frequently deals with open access. The relevant posts have been collected together under an open access tag. The posts range in scope from ‘Open access: why academic publishers still add value‘ to ‘Open access: four ways it could enhance academic freedom‘.
While its emphasis is necessarily on STM, a special issue of Nature on ‘The future of publishing‘ (495, 28 March 2013) contains much of relevance for the humanities and social sciences too. Of particular interest are:
- ‘Scholarship: beyond the paper‘, by Jason Priem
- ‘Licence restrictions: a fool’s errand‘, by John Wilbanks
- ‘Advocacy: how to hasten open access‘, three pieces by Alma Swan, Matthew Cockerill and Douglas Sipp respectively
Blogs which deal substantially with open access
An exhaustive list of blogs dealing primarily with open access is published under the auspices of the Open Access Directory, along with a range of other useful material. Many of these focus on STEM subjects, but the following select list may be useful:
- The Open Knowledge Foundation blog has a separate section on open access.
- The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association blog contains a wealth of material for open access, dating back to June 2009.
- The London School of Economics Impact of Social Sciences blog ranges more widely, but has regular posts dealing with open access. For example it includes a recent exchange about the role of institutional repositories in supporting green open access (Institutional repositories have work to do and How IRs are already working to solve the OA problem). Its open access posts are usefully grouped together.
- The Scholarly Kitchen blog, produced by the Society for Scholarly Publishing, frequently addresses the question of open access and its implementation.
- Peter Suber, from the Harvard Open Access project, writes about open access using his Google + blog.
- OA Librarian discusses open access from a library perspective.
While not strictly speaking a blog, the information site for the Open Library of Humanities pulls together interesting material specifically for HSS.
Individual blog posts and articles
Single posts about open access on personal blogs are the hardest for us to track, so do let us know about anything which has caught your attention. We’ve listed here some of those which we have found informative or thought-provoking recently.
- ‘Open access, ‘neoliberalism’, ‘impact’ and the privatisation of knowledge’, ‘Relativize and historicize: open access, article processing charges and transparency’ and ‘Open access and the humanities: reimagining our future‘, by Martin Paul Eve
- ‘From peer review to the wisdom of crowds? Open access and peer review’, by Josie McLellan
- ‘Open access and the future of academic journals’, by Helen Rogers
- ‘Open access: why academic publishers still add value’, by Alexander Brown
- ‘Albert Einstein’s miraculous year, the British government, and open access’, by Derek Sayer
- ‘OA in the UK’, by Tim Hitchcock
- ‘Making open access and the UK’s scholarly societies work’ and ‘Voluntary article processing charges for scholarly journals‘, by Adam Crymble
- ‘Humanities publishing and the Finch report’, by Peter Webster
- ‘Is scholarly publishing going from crisis to crisis?‘, by S. Pinfield (Learned Publishing, 26 (2013), 85-8)
- ‘Four ways open access enhances academic freedom‘, by Curt Rice
- Since December 2012, Tony Hey has been charting ‘A journey to open access‘, a thread which now runs to some six posts.