richard.symonds at wikimedia
Apr 24, 2012, 3:11 PM
Post #2 of 3
I wouldn't even say it's tangential: I would say that it is, in fact,
Re: [Wikimedia-l] Harvard University: Drop paywalled journals, publish open access
[In reply to]
exactly what we want and exactly what we should be supporting. +10
internets to Harvard. They may not be as good as Cambridge, but they're
proving to be a good second all the same ;-)
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On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM, David Gerard <dgerard [at] gmail> wrote:
> Tangential, but highly relevant to the goal of free content:
> "Exasperated by rising subscription costs charged by academic
> publishers, Harvard University has encouraged its faculty members to
> make their research freely available through open access journals and
> to resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls."
> "The Library has never received anything close to full reimbursement
> for these expenditures from overhead collected by the University on
> grant and research funds. The Faculty Advisory Council to the Library,
> representing university faculty in all schools and in consultation
> with the Harvard Library leadership, reached this conclusion: major
> periodical subscriptions, especially to electronic journals published
> by historically key providers, cannot be sustained: continuing these
> subscriptions on their current footing is financially untenable. Doing
> so would seriously erode collection efforts in many other areas,
> already compromised."
> - d.
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