January 22, 2022

New Preliminary Report From Harvard Library Office For Scholarly Communication: “Converting Scholarly Journals to Open Access: A Review of Approaches and Experiences”

From the Harvard Office of Scholarly Communication Web Site:

Last year (April 2015) the Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication issued a request for proposals to write “a comprehensive literature review on methods for converting subscription-based scholarly journals to open access.”

In June 2015 we awarded the contract to David Solomon [Michigan St. University] Bo-Christer Björk [Hanken School of Economics], and Mikael Laakso [Hanken School of Economics].

We’re happy to announce today that the preliminary version of their report is now open for public comments.

Please read it and add comments, and please spread the word to help us gather as many useful comments as possible.


The version we release today will not be the final version. After the public-comment period (toward the end of April 2016), we’ll create a new version incorporating selected public comments, and pass it to a panel of experts for an additional set of comments. Then Dave, Bo-Christer, and Mikael will make their final revisions in light of the public comments, the panelist comments, our comments from within the Office for Scholarly Communication, and their own second thoughts. We’ll add a preface and publish that version in the summer or early fall.

We don’t promise to incorporate all the public comments in the final version, not even all attributed comments. But we’ll favor comments that carry real-name attribution. The panelist comments will all carry real-name attribution.


We thank Eddie Tejeda, Christian Wach, and the Institute for the Future of the Book for CommentPress, the open-source WordPress plugin we’re using to post the current draft for public comments. We also thank Kathleen Fitzpatrick for the CommentPress theme we adapted for the present use.

Read the Complete Preliminary Report Announcement

Direct to Full Text Report: Converting Scholarly Journals to Open Access: A Review of Approaches and Experiences

See Also: Additional Research Reports by Solomon, Björk,  and Laakso.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.