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The Access Principle
Author: John Willinsky

ISBN: 9780262512664
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 15 April 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7
Description:
Winner of the 2006 Distinguished Book Award sponsored by the international journal "Computers and Composition" and Received the 2006 Blackwell Scholarship Award presented by the American Library Association (ALA) Questions about access to scholarship go back farther than recent debates over subscription prices, rights, and electronic archives suggest. The great libraries of the past--from the fabled collection at Alexandria to the early public libraries of nineteenth-century America--stood as arguments for increasing access. In "The Access Principle," John Willinsky describes the latest chapter in this ongoing story--online open access publishing by scholarly journals--and makes a case for open access as a public good. A commitment to scholarly work, writes Willinsky, carries with it a responsibility to circulate that work as widely as possible: this is the access principle. In the digital age, that responsibility includes exploring new publishing technologies and economic models to improve access to scholarly work. Wide circulation adds value to published work; it is a significant aspect of its claim to be knowledge. The right to know and the right to b...

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