This site is currently under development as a place to discuss Open Access at the University of Oregon. We’ll update this page when the “under construction” signs are ready to come down.
What is Open Access?
The basic concept of open access (“OA” for short) is free access to literature, particular scholarly literature, without price barriers (subscriptions, licensing fees, pay-per-view fees) and with only the minimum of usage restrictions. From the Budapest Open Access Initiative: “By ‘open access’ to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself.” For more about OA see for example Peter Suber’s Open Access Overview.
Topics for this site
One major reason for this site is to provide a convenient place to discuss the variety of OA-related activities are going on at the UO.
The site will also touch on some of the interesting debates in the open access movement. Examples we may touch on include:
What precise definition is appropriate for OA? Is it enough to be able to read and copy a journal article, or does the reader also need the right to create derivative works or to use the article for her own commercial purposes?
What is the best balance between “green” OA, where authors self-archive their manuscripts in repositories, and “gold” OA, where publishers adopt a business model that eliminates subscription costs in favor of other revenue sources such as author-payed article processing charges.
Is OA a good thing? For example, should those who cannot afford high-priced subscriptions (for example, many people in the 3rd world, or simply the average UO patient who may wish to read the medical literature to understand his or her condition) be locked out by high subscription charges? Does Open Access benefit authors (most literature suggests that publishing as OA increases readership and citation rates).
What can universities do to promote OA?
What can individual authors and readers do to promote OA?
What are the current hot issues, for example current legislation in congress, that are relevant to OA?