Open access gaining momentum

From: Peter Suber <>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 18:52:54 +0000

[Forwarding a brief excerpt from the current issue of Outsell's e-briefs
(not otherwise online). --Peter.]

Outsell's e-briefs December 12, 2003
A Weekly Analysis of Events and Issues
Affecting the Information Content Industry


It's a Movement: Open Access Gaining Momentum

Critical mass for the Open Access movement is starting to build, and it
feels like a tsunami in the making. This week two high-profile supporters
came on board:

- The Science and Technology Committee of the British House of Commons will
conduct an inquiry into public access to journal publishing in the
scientific community, with the goal of ensuring that researchers, teachers,
and students have access to the content they need. The committee is seeking
input on the effects of current pricing policies, and possible government
action to support access.

- The United Nations' World Summit on the Information Society underway this
week in Geneva is endorsing Open Access as a publishing strategy. The
group's follow-the-money strategy will be to persuade those paying the
bills for scientific information - governments, research agencies,
foundations and companies - that publication in open-access journals is in
their interest.

Support for Open Access is pouring in, but it will look messy for a while.
New phenomena often take time to sort themselves out, but in time we will
see the proponents settle on the models and principles that will carry the
movement forward.
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