Monday, July 05, 2004

Open Access

open access a danger to professional societies? @ Infosophy: Socio-technological Rendering of Information: "In the article, IEEE's Durniak makes the following unsubstantiated statement: 'Free open access runs the risk of destroying professional societies.'
One can do an extensive analysis to show that the above statement is not necessarily true. However, is suffices to note that commercial publishers are only one of the actors in the scholarly publishing cycle. As such, the totality of the functions performed by the commercial publishers can definitely be taken over by the professional societies themselves, or perhaps by a non-profit umbrella organization that would deal with scholarly publishing for various professional societies."


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