[Irtalk] IDEALS @ Illinois: The role of repositories in the future of the journal

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Sun Jul 6 11:26:33 SAST 2014

The UK Working Group on Expanding Access to Published Research Findings,
chaired by Dame Janet Finch, report, “Accessibility, sustainability,
excellence: how to expand access to research publications,” helped to
crystallize a long simmering debate within the open access (OA) community:
should the focus for OA advocates be “green” open access – that is, the use
of repositories to make research published through traditional
subscription-based venues openly available – or should it be ‘gold’ open
access – that is, through publication within venues that are themselves
open access? *This chapter argues that that this has never truly been an
either/or proposition, and that this debate often ignores or minimizes the
wide variety of roles – direct and indirect – that repositories play within
the larger scholarly publishing ecosystem. Research data, funder and
institutional mandates for open access to published research via
repositories, and the growing role of library as publisher, are all
evidence that the repository – whether institutional or disciplinary or
format driven – will continue to play a role within the larger scholarly
publishing environment.*

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