There is quite a bit of debate around open access publishing. On the one hand it is said to promote the dialogue between academia and other areas of the civil society. On other hand though, it is said to hurt the more traditional system and sacrifice the quality of research publications and research being done as a whole.
Aware as we are of the demanding publishing requirements of a career in academia, it is worth thinking about this topic. Does open access actually present a problem with quality? Or is it the expectation of massively produced research outcomes? What has been rightly called the neoliberal academia. It is important to remember that open access publications also use a peer review system.
Another thing to keep in mind is that we are not the only people in the world consuming and producing knowledge (where we means us academics of rich countries). Some of the prices of licenses and memberships to the most prestigious journals make it impossible for many institutions across the world to access certain types of publications. Doesn’t this mean that anything that is not open access contributes to global inequality and thus, to the perpetuation of current hierarchies and power relations?
Well, the debate is wide and open. What do you think about all this? Have you ever thought of all this? If you have or if you haven’t, we would like to hear about it. Let us know what you think.
Also, if you want to get into it more, within the frame of the Open Access Week here at University, the Library offered a great workshop called The benefits of making your PhD thesis Open Access. Bad news is that it is already passed, good news is you can download the slides presented in that workshop by clicking on the link above. Take a look and let’s see what you think of Open Access publishing.
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Written by: Marianela Barrios