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Being a Scholar in the Digital EraTransforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good$
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Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329251

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329251.001.0001

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Acting up, opening up knowledge

Acting up, opening up knowledge

(p.59) Four Acting up, opening up knowledge
Being a Scholar in the Digital Era

Jessie Daniels

Polly Thistlethwaite

Policy Press

Opening up knowledge matters and the emergence of digital technologies holds the promise of openness. Yet, much of scholarly publishing remains locked behind paywalls that benefit a handful of commercial publishers and few others. This has led many to conclude that the current system of scholarly publishing is broken. Scholars with an inclination toward activist goals are particular hampered by current models of academic publishing. In this chapter, we examine what is at stake in the debates over open access and explore why the move toward open access has made more progress in some fields than in others. There are a range of stakeholders, from scholars, authors, and readers to scholarly associations and society, with different priorities in academic publishing. This chapter maps the many paths available to open access, and takes a critical look at what scholars stand to gain — or lose — with each.

Keywords:   academic publishing, open access, commercial publishers, digital technologies, scholarly associations

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