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[BOAI] The open access movement slips into closed mode
From: "Richard Poynder" <richard.poynder AT cantab.net>
The 12th Berlin Conference was held in Germany on December 8th and 9th. ↵ The focus of the conference was on “the transformation of subscription ↵ journals to Open Access, as outlined in a recent white paper by the Max Planck ↵ Digital Library”. In other words, the conference discussed ways of achieving a mass ↵ “flipping” of subscription-based journals to open access models. Strangely, Berlin 12 was "by invitation only". This seems odd because ↵ holding OA meetings behind closed doors might seem to go against the principles ↵ of openness and transparency that were outlined in the 2003 Berlin Declaration ↵ on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. Or is it wrong and/or naïve to think that open access implies openness and ↵ transparency in the decision making and processes involved in making open ↵ access a reality, as well as of research outputs? Either way, if the strategy of flipping journals becomes the primary means of ↵ achieving open access can we not expect to see non-transparent and secret ↵ processes become the norm, with the costs and details of the transition taking ↵ place outside the purview of the wider OA movement? If that is right, would it ↵ matter? Some thoughts here: ↵ http://poynder.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/open-access-slips-into-closed-mode.html Richard Poynder
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