While The Bonefolder is no more, Open Access is as important as ever. For those unfamiliar the article below explains the key concepts. Remember as authors we need to informed about AND CAN exert our rights so that our research and creative output reaches the widest audience possible...
Article written by Priscilla Anderson, Whitney Baker, Beth Doyle, and Peter Verheyen.
However, current publication models limit the free flow of information by making access expensive and re-use complicated. An alternative to traditional subscription publishing is the Open Access movement, which strives to remove barriers to access and re-use of published information by reducing the costs of publishing and rethinking permissions issues.
To synthesize growing interest in professional publishing and spark discussion, this article proposes to:
- Define Open Access and how it differs from traditional publishing in its approach to access and re-use of peer-reviewed publications
- Discuss the implications of Open Access for the conservation field including interdisciplinary research, outreach opportunities, preferred medium for consuming professional publications, perspective of the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation (JAIC), and author impact.
- Outline issues related to funding models, copyright, and licenses
- Raise questions about current and future publication practices