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Open Access…and changed scholarship

I will be releasing a short paper within the week on a new project we (University of Manitoba and numerous other individuals and institutions) are initiating as a means to blend the scholarly model of traditional journals with the changed context and characteristics of knowledge today. Open access is substantially impacting all aspects of society. Journals are adopting a collaborative model – Economists Try Open-Source Peer Review “adopts a ‘Linux approach’ to publication, viewing research as a cooperative enterprise between authors, editors, referees and readers”… open-source politics are gaining momentum…Soft peer review? Social software and distributed scientific evaluation explores traditional peer review…or consider this exploration of How the Open Source Movement Has Changed Education: 10 Success Stories. Stephen links to an article on the preservation and archiving needs of e-journals. A recent text – Understanding Knowledge as Commons is a must read for librarians (and educators in general) on the changed nature of scholarship. While the move to openness is not without concern (see this AAUP statement on open access – .pdf), the trends are significantly defined that academics need to familiarize themselves with the key aspects of this conversation…