Open Access (the book)
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- On this page I'll post updates, supplements, and other notes on my book, Open Access, MIT Press, 2012. —Peter Suber.
- Suggested short URL for this page = http://bit.ly/oa-book
About the book
- Peter Suber, Open Access, MIT Press, June 2012.
- The paperback and Kindle editions are available now. Digital editions in a dozen other formats will roll out over the summer of 2012.
- I hope the book is available at your favorite academic bookstore. But at least it's available from MIT Press, Amazon, Google Play, and the sources listed here and here.
- The whole book will become OA in June 2013, one year from the date of publication. If you can't wait that long, everything I've said in the book I've said in some form or another in an OA article, probably more than once.
- MIT Press is already providing OA to the Table of Contents, Series Forward, Preface, Chapter 1 ("What Is Open Access?"), and the Index.
- Sorry, I don't control review copies. To get a review copy, contact MIT Press.
- I plan to launch some kind of site, other than this page, where I can gather and respond to reader comments. I welcome suggestions about the best way to do that. Meantime, I welcome comments on the book itself.
Updates and supplements
- Some of these notes were too late to put in the book because they didn't appear until after my text was final in the spring of 2011. Some didn't fit into the book because the book is deliberately short and I was already over my wordcount.
- I have many supplements to add and will add them as I find time. If you want to nudge me on a certain point, please do.
- For now, I'm taking advantage of the digital medium by linking from words and phrases, not imitating the format of printed endnotes by spelling out URLs.
- Note that MIT Press already provides OA to the Preface.
Chapter 1: What is Open Access?
- Note that MIT Press already provides OA to Chapter 1.
Chapter 2: Motivation
- Note 5 (note call on p. 30, note text on p. 182). Here I'm documenting the assertion that "cumulative price increases...forced the Harvard Library to undertake 'serious cancellation efforts' for budgetary reasons." In the current note, I cite two sources. Here are seven, including the original two, in chronological order.
Chapter 3: Varieties
- At p. 52-53: The terminology box on p. 53 should appear before the start of Section 3.1 on p. 52.
- Note 20 (note call on p. 73, note text on p. 197-198). Here I list some examples of libre green OA. I list and discuss many more in "The rise of libre open access," SPARC Open Access Newsletter, June 2, 2012.
Chapter 4: Policies
- At p. 78, I say that about one-quarter of peer-reviewed journals are OA. Today the fraction is closer to one-third. In the book and here I'm using the common industry estimate that there are about 25,000 peer-reviewed journals overall. As of July 28, 2012, the Directory of Open Access Journals lists 8,000 peer-reviewed OA journals, which comes to 32% of the estimated total of peer-reviewed journals.
Chapter 5: Scope
Chapter 6: Copyright
Chapter 7: Economics
Chapter 8: Casualties
- Note 4 (note call on p. 152, note text on pp. 215-216). Here I'm documenting the assertion that, "At Congressional hearings in 2008 and 2010, legislators asked publishers directly whether green OA was triggering cancellations. In both cases publishers pointed to decreased downloads but not to increased cancellations."
- At p. 157, I start a subsection called "Some studies bear on the question of whether increased OA archiving [green OA] will increase journal cancellations." Here's a new study for that section.
- At pp. 160-161, I say, "If publishers acknowledge that gold OA can be sustainable, and even profitable, and merely wish to avoid making lower margins than they make today, then their objection takes on a very different color. They're not at risk of insolvency, just reduced profits, and they're not asserting a need for self-protection, just an entitlement to current levels of profit. There's no reason for public funding agencies acting in the public interest, or private funders acting for charitable purposes, to compromise their missions in order to satisfy this sense of publisher entitlement." Add this note:
- See Robert Heinlein, "Life-Line," 1939: "There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back."
Chapter 9: Future
Chapter 10: Self-Help
- Note that MIT Press already provides OA to the Index.
- Add new entry: Students, 73, 174. See also Theses and dissertations.
- Toll-access (or conventional) journals and publishers.
- Add new sub-entry: Right to refuse to publish any work for any reason, 126-128.
- Add new entry: Translation, 27, 74