Scholarly Communication in the Humanities: Does Open Access Apply? (ALA 04)

The skyrocketing subscription prices for science, technology, and medicine (STM) journals, and development of open access publishing in response are starting to shake the foundations of scholarly communication. The implications for the humanities are far from certain, given its different funding sources and communication style. Nearly 200 conference attendees joined an expert panel as they presented the course of their own innovations in scholarly communication and how they suggested the particular form and promise open access takes in the humanities.

The panel consisted of:

  1. John M. Unsworth
    The Crisis of Audience
    Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  2. James P. Niessen
    H-Net and the Historians: Networks and Peer Review in the New Media
    Vice President, Research & Publications
    H-Net: Humanities & Social Science OnLine and
    World History Librarian
    Rutgers University Libraries
  3. Edward N. Zalta
    A Funding Model for Open Access to a Humanities Publications [PDF]
    Principal Editor
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Moderator: Ray English, Director of Libraries, Oberlin College
and Chair, ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee

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