[Web4lib] Open Access Journals - A Major Problem

Walt Crawford waltcrawford at gmail.com
Fri Oct 8 17:15:48 EDT 2010

Speaking as a non-librarian but one who's interested in/writing about open
access, I'd say:

1. Open access journals should be treated as well as those your library pays
for. Otherwise, OA is doomed.


2. As far as I'm concerned, if a journal requires registration or login to
get to the articles, it's not a true OA journal, even though the Directory
of Open Access Journals lists some of these. This is an issue that the Open
Access Scholarly Publisher's Association needs to address (if it hasn't
already). (I can't find any sign at www.oaspa.org that it has done so.)
Barriers are barriers; the only barrier to reading OA articles should be
internet access.

-walt crawford-

On Fri, Oct 8, 2010 at 12:52 PM, Wilfred Drew <DrewW at tc3.edu> wrote:

> I am seriously considering deleting many of the open access journals or
> even entire groups of them that are part of the "Freely Accessible"
> collections within Serials Solutions.  I am thinking about doing this
> because many are now requiring username/password in order to see content
> even though it is free.  This is proving to be very frustrating to our staff
> and students.  It complicates OpenURL, ILLiad, and other services by adding
> another roadblock. Any thoughts? Open access standards should also include
> not requiring a username/password.
> I also posted this message on my blog and on Facebook as well as Twitter.
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