“Open Don’t Mean Free”: A Reflection on the Potential Advantages and Disadvantages of Publishing Research via Open Access

  • Manista F
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Abstract

The Finch Report fails to acknowledge that “scholarly publishing is not just about authors. It is not just about librarians. It is not just about publishers. Therefore any discussions of the success or growth of open access publishing practices must include a discussion of the broader context of the stakeholder<br />relationships within scholarly publishing” (Reinsfelder,<br />2012). In other words, as much as it seemed that those involved with OA would have welcomed the Finch Report, many attest that the Finch Working Group did not sufficiently consult with those directly involved in both research and in the OA movement. The resulting negative<br />feedback centred on a common criticism: if followed, the Finch Report will actually damage the current research environment.

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Manista, F. C. (2012). “Open Don’t Mean Free”: A Reflection on the Potential Advantages and Disadvantages of Publishing Research via Open Access. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 1(2), 1049. https://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.1049

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