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Why Don't Scholars Provide Open Access to Their Articles?

Stuart Shieber, Berkman Faculty Director

Lead-up Event to IS2K7 Conference

Let us stipulate, for the purpose of discussion, that open access to the scholarly literature is a Good Thing for the individual scholars and for society as a whole. Why then, do scholars not make their articles available through open access? In particular, why are institutional repositories so poorly populated? (See, for instance, "Institutional Repositories: Evaluating the Reasons for Non-use of Cornell University's Installation of DSpace" .) The question is not idle; as Harvard University contemplates setting up an institutional repository, it behooves us to make sure that the effort is worthwhile and that a significant fraction of the scholarly article output of the faculty end up available therein. I will review the background on the issue and then make a proposal that I believe could lead to extremely high availability rates at modest cost. The proposal does, however, require the enthusiastic participation of the free culture movement.

Past Event
Wednesday, Apr 18, 2007
Time
1:16 AM - 1:16 AM