Open Access Publishing Expert Peter Suber on Open Access Publishing Myths
Open access publishing expert, author, and Director of Harvard’s Office for Scholarly Communication, Peter Suber writes in a Guardian Higher Education Network Blog Post:
Open access to academic research has never been a hotter topic. But it’s still held back by myths and misunderstandings repeated by people who should know better. The good news is that open access has been successful enough to attract comment from beyond its circle of pioneers and experts. The bad news is that a disappointing number of policy-makers, journalists and academics opine in public without doing their homework.
Suber goes on to explain why the following ideas are open access publishing myths:
1. The only way to provide open access to peer-reviewed journal articles is to publish in open access journals
2. All or most open access journals charge publication fees
3. Most author-side fees are paid by the authors themselves
4. Publishing in a conventional journal closes the door on making the same work open access
5. Open access journals are intrinsically low in quality
6. Open access mandates infringe academic freedom
Read what Peter Suber has to say about each myth in, “Open access: six myths to put to rest” (via The Guardian)
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