Open Ac­cess: Should one model ever fit all?

AQ: Australian Quarterly - - REFERENCES - GINNY BARBOUR AND SCOTT NICHOLLS

The in­ter­net threat­ened to dis­rupt aca­demic pub­lish­ing sub­stan­tially. Yet there has not been a wide­spread dis­rup­tion of re­search pub­lish­ing busi­ness mod­els. But that is now chang­ing. A mas­sive wave of in­no­va­tion and de­mand is forc­ing a re­think of what it means to pub­lish re­search, with a strong push to em­brace open ac­cess (OA).

Yet the di­ver­sity of ways that OA is be­ing achieved in dif­fer­ent parts of the world means that poli­cies and prac­tices can dif­fer quite sub­stan­tially and in some cases be in con­flict. Who wins? Who loses? And can one model ever fit ev­ery­one?

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