[Irtalk] Impact of Social Sciences – To argue against open access on the grounds that it damages the reach of research is to undersell research.

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Thu May 8 11:21:14 SAST 2014

In sum, questions of openness extend far beyond the effects of technology
on the publication of research materials; the very idea of the open academy
challenges the assumptions and motivations of some scholars, and open
access is perhaps resisted so vociferously precisely because it is seen as
disruptive to these. *In my view, academics must move beyond this
resistance: they have so much to gain from greater openness, and so much to
lose by staying closed off from the world.*

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