Canberra Skeptics explore Open Access
June 23, 2014 1 Comment
Canberra Skeptics recently held a lecture, “Stop blaming open access: what’s wrong with scholarly communication” (June 12th, 2014), on open access and the challenges facing scholarly communication.
Open Access is an alternative publishing model that refers to “unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research.” While specifics vary, especially between “green” and “gold” open access models, the emphasis is on making the research available without cost to the reader. This shifts the publication cost to the researcher or institution attempting to publish the paper, which has opened questions about publication pressures and maintaining an effective peer review process.
In the lecture, Dr. Danny Kingsley discusses some of the challenges facing open access publishing and scholarly communication overall.
Importance to Scientific Skepticism
Open Access is important to scientific skepticism because it is generally among our goals to become better consumers and evaluators of information. The accessibility (or lack thereof) of scholarly research directly impacts writers, researchers and curious readers in that aim.
The folks over at Canberra Skeptics are having a very timely conversation about scholarly publishing, and it’s one that we should all continue to follow. Check out their Twitter coverage of the lecture, and look to their web site and podcast, Record of Reason, for this and similar topical analysis.