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Sale, AHJ 2013 , 'Recent developments in Open Access', paper presented at the THETA: The Higher Education Technology Agenda 2013, 7-10 April 2013, Hobart, Tasmania.

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Open Access to the world’s research literature has been an obvious development since the
emergence of the Internet. To everyone, it appears clear that the costs of disseminating
research could drop dramatically. Yet, progress in achieving it is strangely slow. This paper
explores recent developments in open access, including:
• The recent Australian NH&MRC and ARC mandates for open access deposit in
university repositories, and how universities are responding to them
• The UK’s Finch Report, and Lord Krebs’ Committee Report
• Recent USA and German developments
• Gradual growth in open access journals, and the challenge for universities and their
libraries of transferring reader-side fees (subscriptions) to author-side fees
(publication charges)
• The emergence of submission fees so that highly selective journals need not transfer
all the costs of rejections onto successful articles
• Fake conferences and journals which exist only to extract attendance or publication
• Newer publishing models
• The recent emergence of a third route to open access based on social networking.
The delays in establishing an obvious developmental consequence of the Internet can
largely be attributed to two factors: (a) academic apathy and inertia, and (b) publisher
protection of profit margins and old business models. Neither of these can be expected to
Of particular interest is the ‘Titanium Road’, a route to open access that is reliant on social

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Sale, AHJ
Keywords: THETA, open access, Internet, research publication
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