First, I want to start off with my favorite comment from SM readers in the past couple of weeks. It comes from “Gio” on Rex’s post about the passing of Aaron Schwartz:
Yes, stop mourning: act. Stop obsessing about tenure, publish your best work open-access. Donate. Stop even debating interminably about OA. Do something concrete with your own capital (scholastic, labor or financial).
Runner up for my favorite comment goes to David Graeber, who posted this on the same thread:
Well, you could publish your work for free.
Or take part in this: http://pdftribute.net/
Which leads me to this: THREE EASY STEPS TO GOING OPEN ACCESS:
1. Write something.
2. Search around for an OA journal, repository, or other site (or make one–why not?).
3. Publish only in open access venues. Done.
I think Gio is right that we don’t really need to keep debating endlessly about the reasons why going OA matters. We just need to do something about it. And if that means we all need to get together and actually CREATE the spaces where this can happen, that’s fine by me.
In related news, here’s reason #5,256 why we need to pool our resources and build a database for open access anthropology: