Monday, July 11, 2016

The U. of California’s Open-Access Promise Hits a Snag: The Faculty

The Chronicle of Higher Education
July 7, 2016

Three summers ago advocates of open-access publishing scored a major victory when the University of California’s Academic Senate voted to make research articles produced by faculty members across the 10-campus system freely available.

Now that big win looks less than overwhelming.

Despite the faculty vote, only about 25 percent of professors system wide are putting their papers into a state-created repository that allows free outside access. The majority, said Christopher M. Kelty, a professor of information studies and anthropology at the University of California at Los Angeles who helped lead the open-access effort, appear indifferent. "They don’t know about it, they don’t really care about it," Mr. Kelty said. "They publish their work, and they just go on doing what they do."

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