Knowledge Unbound: Selected Writings on Open Access, 2002–2011

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MIT Press, Mar 25, 2016 - Computers - 436 pages

Influential writings make the case for open access to research, explore its implications, and document the early struggles and successes of the open access movement.

Peter Suber has been a leading advocate for open access since 2001 and has worked full time on issues of open access since 2003. As a professor of philosophy during the early days of the internet, he realized its power and potential as a medium for scholarship. As he writes now, “it was like an asteroid crash, fundamentally changing the environment, challenging dinosaurs to adapt, and challenging all of us to figure out whether we were dinosaurs.” When Suber began putting his writings and course materials online for anyone to use for any purpose, he soon experienced the benefits of that wider exposure. In 2001, he started a newsletter—the Free Online Scholarship Newsletter, which later became the SPARC Open Access Newsletter—in which he explored the implications of open access for research and scholarship. This book offers a selection of some of Suber's most significant and influential writings on open access from 2002 to 2010.

In these texts, Suber makes the case for open access to research; answers common questions, objections, and misunderstandings; analyzes policy issues; and documents the growth and evolution of open access during its most critical early decade.

 

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Contents

Knowledge as a Public Good
3
Open Access Markets and Missions
15
What Is Open Access?
23
Open Access Overview
25
An Introduction to Open Access for Librarians
43
The Taxpayer Argument for Open Access
51
It s the Authors Stupid
59
Six Things That Researchers Need to Know about Open Access
65
The Open Access Mandate at Harvard
213
A Bill to Overturn the NIH Policy
227
Open Access Policy Options for Funding Agencies and Universities
247
Quality and Open Access
269
Open Access and Quality
271
Thinking about Prestige Quality and Open Access
283
The Debate
301
Not Napster for Science
303

Trends Favoring Open Access
71
Gratis and Libre Open Access
83
More on the Case for Open Access
91
The Scaling Argument
93
Problems and Opportunities Blizzards and Beauty
95
Open Access and the SelfCorrection of Knowledge
99
Open Access and the LastMile Problem for Knowledge
107
Delivering Open Access
115
The Case for OAI in the Age of Google
117
Good Facts Bad Predictions
123
NoFee OpenAccess Journals
133
Balancing Author and Publisher Rights
141
Flipping a Journal to Open Access
149
Society Publishers with Open Access Journals
159
Ten Challenges for OpenAccess Journals
167
Funder and University Policies
189
The Final Version of the NIH PublicAccess Policy
191
The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006
201
Twelve Reminders about FRPAA
205
An Open Access Mandate for the NIH
209
Two Distractions
307
Praising Progress Preserving Precision
311
Who Should Control Access to Research Literature?
317
Four Analogies to Clean Energy
319
More on the Landscape of Open Access
329
Promoting Open Access in the Humanities
331
Helping Scholars and Helping Libraries
341
A Proposal for Providing Open Access to Past Research Articles Starting with the Most Important
345
Open Access to Electronic Theses and Dissertations ETDs
357
Open Access for Digitization Projects
371
Bits of the Bigger Picture
393
Analogies and Precedents for the FOS Revolution
395
Thoughts on First and SecondOrder Scholarly Judgments
399
Saving the Oodlehood and Shebangity of the Internet
403
What s the Ullage of Your Library?
407
Can Search Tame the Wild Web? Can Open Access Help?
409
Glossary
413
Index
415
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Peter Suber, widely considered to be the de facto leader of the worldwide open-access movement, is Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center, Senior Researcher at SPARC, and Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College. He is the author of Open Access (MIT Press), named by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2013.

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