July 16, 2009

Open Access issues

Writing about web page http://www.friendsoffrontiers.org

Today, I got an e-mail from someone associated with this organisation. I looked into it and it's a mildly interesting story!

The organisation appears to be affiliated with an open access journal in the field of Neuroscience. This journal does charge a subscription fee and although they make content available on open access, they have to make something available for that fee (see their page at: http://www.frontiersin.org/subscribe/). So although the publishers are supporters of Open Access, they are also locking stuff down!

Meanwhile, this "Friends" organisation is another way in which the costs of open access publishing could be met. I like the website because it seems to me to exemplify the issues and concerns around open access publishing in general, within the context of a discipline. Perhaps the Neuroscience community will be very aware of the need for open access and the context of publishers' concerns...

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