Open Access Journals: Desirable and Inevitable?

Interesting piece from Times Higher Education: We continue to witness a lot of back and forth between publishers and open-access advocates about the merits of Research Councils UK’s open-access policy - but where does it leave journal editors? Some have echoed the publishers’ fears that open access will ruin their business models or undermine journal quality by scaring off top international authors. But not all editors share this view. I co-edit two humanities journals: one, Shakespeare,…

Open Access Knowledge?

The sciences may be embracing open access, but the humanities remain cool to the idea. Paul Jump investigates Many observers have hailed the recent surge of open-access titles launched by commercial publishers as evidence that science is firmly on the road to a fully open-access future. But it's a different story in the humanities and social sciences, and the jury is still out on the wisdom of SAGE, the US social science publisher, in launching…