Mon, 23 Aug 2004 16:25:56 GMT

Call for OA at a major humanities organization. The Vice President of the American Philological Association (APA), Barbara McManus, has called on the organization to consider open access: “I was somewhat troubled by one element in several of the candidates' statements, reflecting the opinion that electronic editions of research tools have made access 'democratic' or 'available to all.' People at large research universities tend to forget that subscription-only services like the online edition of L'AnnŽe philologique or Project Muse are not available to scholars at the hundreds of smaller institutions that cannot afford such specialized services. When e-publication does get on the APA agenda, it is crucial that Open Access has a prominent place in the discussion, and I hope that continued grass-roots pressure from classicists will ensure that this does happen.” (Thanks to The Stoa Consortium.) [Open Access News]

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this is a good thing, but i can't say removing people's profit model is really a good thing. there is alot more to open access than just giving people open access … there is the concern for maintaining production value, employing graduate assistants, etc. there are costs that one model tends to provide for, and the other i personally don't know how they will account for them.

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