[Wikimedia-l] Harvard University: Drop paywalled journals, publish open access

Richard Symonds richard.symonds at wikimedia.org.uk
Tue Apr 24 22:11:27 UTC 2012

I wouldn't even say it's tangential: I would say that it is, in fact,
exactly what we want and exactly what we should be supporting. +10
internets to Harvard. They may not be as good as Cambridge, but they're
proving to be a good second all the same ;-)

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On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:50 PM, David Gerard <dgerard at gmail.com> wrote:

> Tangential, but highly relevant to the goal of free content:
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/apr/24/harvard-university-journal-publishers-prices
> "Exasperated by rising subscription costs charged by academic
> publishers, Harvard University has encouraged its faculty members to
> make their research freely available through open access journals and
> to resign from publications that keep articles behind paywalls."
> http://isites.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k77982&tabgroupid=icb.tabgroup143448
> "The Library has never received anything close to full reimbursement
> for these expenditures from overhead collected by the University on
> grant and research funds. The Faculty Advisory Council to the Library,
> representing university faculty in all schools and in consultation
> with the Harvard Library leadership,  reached this conclusion: major
> periodical subscriptions, especially to electronic journals published
> by historically key providers, cannot be sustained: continuing these
> subscriptions on their current footing is financially untenable. Doing
> so would seriously erode collection efforts in many other areas,
> already compromised."
> - d.
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