[Irtalk] Mandatory open-access publishing can impair academic freedom (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Dec 15 19:05:15 SAST 2015

As they have gained momentum over the past decade, the open access (OA)
movement and its cousin, the Creative Commons licensing platform, have
together done a tremendous amount of good in the world of scholarship and
education, by making high-quality, peer-reviewed publications widely
available both for reading and for reuse.

But they have also raised some uncomfortable issues, most notably related
to academic freedom, particularly when OA is made a requirement rather than
an option and when the Creative Commons attribution license (CC BY) is
treated as an essential component of OA.

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