Now that efficiency and return on investment are the new drivers for research, the question should be asked whether this is the best way to 'spend' this money? I'd suggest that if we are continuing with peer review (and its efficacy is a separate argument), then the least we should expect is that the outputs of this tax-payer funded activity should be freely available to all.The return on peer review (via Memex 1.1)
And so, my small step in this was to reply to the requests for reviews stating that I have a policy of only reviewing for open access journals. I'm sure a lot of people do this as a matter of course, but it's worth logging every blow in the revolution
- Association for Computing Machinery tries to undermine open access ...
- Journal of Serendipitous and Unexpected Results
- Harvard Law School goes open access!
- Librarians for Fair Access resists exclusive content contracts ...
- Royal Society to try open access science publishing
- Merck and Elsevier publish fake peer-reviewed journal
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