Did you hear this? In light of all the recent debates and discussions about publishing and open access, check out this news:
Prestigious US academic institution Princeton University will prevent researchers from giving the copyright of scholarly articles to journal publishers, except in certain cases where a waiver may be granted.
The new rule is part of an Open Access policy aimed at broadening the reach of their scholarly work and encouraging publishers to adjust standard contracts that commonly require exclusive copyright as a condition of publication.
Universities pay millions of dollars a year for academic journal subscriptions. People without subscriptions, which can cost up to $25,000 a year for some journals or hundreds of dollars for a single issue, are often prevented from reading taxpayer funded research. Individual articles are also commonly locked behind pay walls.
Read the rest, here. More about this soon, but I just wanted to post this and see what others think about these developments. Check out some of the discussion in the comments section as well. Very, very interesting…
*Hat tip to Justin Shaffner for sending this my way. Thanks!