Commentary: “Open Access and the Author-Pays Problem: Assuring Access for Readers and Authors in a Global Community of Scholars”
The following commentary appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.
Open Access and the Author-Pays Problem: Assuring Access for Readers and Authors in a Global Community of Scholars
A. Townsend Peterson
University of KansasFollow
Marc L. Greenberg
University of Kansas
Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication
Vol. 1, No. 3
From the Commentary
This commentary is not a criticism of OA publishers with author-pays systems, such as PLoS, which has creatively faced a difficult challenge and stands as an example of a successful non-profit OA publishing endeavor. Nor is this commentary an attack on OA journals in general. On the contrary, this paper advocates developing a robust and vibrant variety of OA journals. Two of the authors are also publishers of OA journals that do not follow the ‘authorpays’ system, described briefly later in this commentary.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.