This book brings together many of the worlds leading open access experts to provide an analysis of the key strategic, technical and economic aspects on the topic of open access. Open access to research papers is perhaps a defining debate for publishers, librarians, university managers and many researchers within the international academic community. Starting with a description of the current situation and its shortcomings, this book then defines the varieties of open access and addresses some of the many misunderstandings to which the term sometimes gives rise. There are chapters on the technologies involved, researchers, perspectives, and the business models of key players. These issues are then illustrated in a series of case studies from around the world, including the USA, UK, Netherlands, Australia and India. Open access is a far-reaching shift in scholarly communication, and the book concludes by going beyond todays debate and looking at the kind of research world that would be possible with open access to research outputs.
- Chapters by leading experts in the field, including Professor Jean-Claude Gué¤¯n, Clifford Lynch, Stevan Harnad, Peter Suber, Charles Bailey, Jr., Alma Swan, Fred Friend, John Shipp and Leo Waaijers
- Discussion of open access from a wide range of perspectives
- Country case studies, summarising open access in the USA, UK Netherlands, Australia and India
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- Chandos Publishing
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…an excellent collection. ...provides a readily accessible platform on which to build their knowledge and understanding of this evolving area., Online Information Review
…a valuable asset. It contains a wealth of information - including extensive lists of references and web links to related material., The Electronic Library
…this reference book successufully fills a significant gap in the literature. I would recommend it., Elucidate
Dr Neil Jacobs, an experienced information professional who has worked both in traditional libraries and on national projects and online services and works at the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and University of Bristol, UK and is responsible for developing and running national online services.
Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and University of Bristol