Tuesday, May 14, 2013

"Impact of new technologies on scholarly publishing: the serials crises and beyond" by Jorge Contreras

"Impact of new technologies on scholarly publishing: the serials crises and beyond" by Jorge Contreras

Overview of copyright law and the current state of affairs.

For literature, broad copyright may be justified, but in scientific publishing the restrictions of copyright and the assignment of rights to publishers leads to serious questions about conflicts between the aims of science and restrictions of current copyright implementation.

High costs of scientific journals, the "serials crises", has led to a number of debate topics, but most clearly created the open access movement. PLEASE NOTE: open access is NOT the same as public domain.

OA has many flavors:
- green, self-archiving
- gold, author pays a charge to fund access

Both have various challenges, many which revolve around cost.

Overview of the recent OSTP memorandum and Executive Order on the topic.

[notes taken on the fly, errors mine and not the speaker's]

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