There was a time when books, journals, and other forms of scholarly communication were disseminated on paper, and their production was funded by individual customers and libraries, who bought copies of books and subscribed to journals. But the Internet has reduced the cost to share work, leading to pressure on publishers to find a way to make scholarship free to read online—the core of Open Access.
Even if you want to make digital copies freely available, it still costs money to conduct peer review, turn manuscripts into finished products, and run infrastructure. Perhaps the best known—though not only—business model to support Open Access involves charging authors a fee to publish rather than readers to access. This presentation will review the many objections to this model that have been raised, consider the larger picture of how research and its dissemination is funded, and consider ways that institutions can be involved in supporting a transition to Open Access publishing.
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About the Speaker
Kevin S. Hawkins is assistant dean for scholarly communication for the University of North Texas Libraries, where he founded the library publishing operation, supervises consultation and outreach on copyright, and contributes towards consultation and outreach on research data management. He also leads planning of UNT's annual Open Access Symposium.
Prior to joining UNT in 2014, he was director of publishing operations for Michigan Publishing, the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of Michigan Library which includes the University of Michigan Press and other brands and services. Kevin has also worked as visiting metadata manager for the Digital Humanities Observatory, a project of the Royal Irish Academy.
He serves on advisory boards for Project MUSE, the Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study, and Editoria, served as the first president of the board of the Library Publishing Coalition, and has contributed to major standards for digital publishing: the Journal Article Tag Suite (ANSI/NISO Z39.96-2012), EPUB 3.0, and the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines. His involvement with the TEI includes co-editing the 2011 revision to the Best Practices for TEI in Libraries and serving as the first managing editor of the Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative.
He has BAs in Russian and linguistics from the University of Maryland and an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois.
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Presented by Kevin Hawkins, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication