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Open Access
     

Open Access

by Peter Suber
 

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The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work "open access": digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many

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The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work "open access": digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue.

In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn't, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber's influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.

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"[A] very important book...a must read for all scholars and researchers who publish their own work or consult the peer-reviewed published work of others--in other words, virtually all academics." --Rob Harle, Leonardo Reviews

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Leonardo - Rob Harle
[A] very important book...a must read for all scholars and researchers who publish their own work or consult the peer-reviewed published work of others — in other words, virtually all academics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262517638
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Series:
The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
650,375
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Clay Shirky
No one has done more than Peter Suber to explain why free access to academic material benefits both the academy and society.

From the Publisher
"[A] very important book...a must read for all scholars and researchers who publish their own work or consult the peer-reviewed published work of others—in other words, virtually all academics." —Rob Harle, Leonardo Reviews

The MIT Press

Meet the Author

Peter Suber is Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, a Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and Senior Researcher at SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). He is widely considered the de facto leader of the worldwide open access movement.

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