Conservatism and Radicalism in
Co-founder, Co-Action Publishing
The Northernmost Open Access Week Event 2010
18 October 2010, Umeå, Sweden
Collins, J & Porras, I.J. (2002) Built to Last.
Collins Busines Essentials: New York.
Preserve the core,
stimulate progress along
Open Access publishers share
the same core values as other
scholarly publishers, but are
reshaping and driving change in
Non-core practices tend to be
confused with core values.
Hence, changing practices can be
accompanied by controversy and
resistance due to a misunderstanding
that one is changing core values.
Open Access OR thinking
Open Access OR Quality
Open Access OR Impact
Open Access OR Prestige
Open Access OR Peer Review
The ”tyranny of OR”
What comprises the core of
scholarly communications and
what are non-core practices?
Evidence of scientific rigor
Valid & reliable methodology
Empirically sound/appropriate evidence
Independent contribution to the field
Peer review prior to publication
Authors listed have made a contribution
No commercial interests or (unstated) conflicts
Editorial decisions are objective
Knowledge is cumulative
Authors must cite where their ideas come from
Paper, electronic, new ”apps”
Literature and data mining, New search tools such as i hop, ”nano
The scholarly Record is a
The scientific record is permanent
An addendum than removal from the record
Everything we publish must be around for all
Archiving in paper
National and international archives
LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, etc.
We still need standards!
Measure emerging non-core practices on the
basis of how well they support the core
values/core of scholarly communications and
Be aware of these core values; they are driving
Are we confusing any non-core practices with
core values? As publishers, as researchers, as
Open access publishers are conservative