Open access in the public eye
April 11, 2012
I wrote yesterday that Open Access had been the front-page story in the Guardian. Thanks to Mark Wainwright of the Open Knowledge Foundation, I now have photos of both the front cover and the double-page inside spread:
For anyone who doesn’t know, the Guardian is one of the four “broadsheets” or “qualities” among Britain’s national daily newspapers. These four (Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Independent) are about equally respected, but the Guardian has by far the best online presence of the four. It has a daily print circulation of about a quarter of a million copies, plus however many people read it online.
As we said … the tide is turning. The editorial that accompanied these pieces, Academic journals: an open and shut case, was particularly forthright:
Some very clever people have put up with a very silly system for far too long.
This extraordinary racket is, at root, about the bewitching power of high-brow brands.
So the old order needs to change, not just for the good of academics, but for the good of the public who pay them.
I can give that a hearty amen!