Conservatism and Radicalism in ScholarlyCommunications Caroline Sutton President, OASPA Co-founder, Co-Action Publishing The Northernmost Open Access Week Event 2010 18 October 2010, Umeå, Sweden www.oaspa.org
Collins, J & Porras, I.J. (2002) Built to Last. Collins Busines Essentials: New York.
Open Access publisherssharethe same corevaluesas otherscholarlypublishers, butarereshaping and driving change in non-corepractices.
Non-corepracticestend to be confusedwithcorevalues. Hence, changingpracticescan be accompanied by controversy and resistance due to a misunderstandingthatone is changingcorevalues.
Open Access OR thinking Open Access OR Quality Open Access OR Impact Open Access OR Prestige Open Access OR Peer Review The ”tyrannyof OR”
Whatcomprisesthecoreofscholarlycommunications and whatarenon-corepractices?
Valid & reliable methodology
Independent contribution to thefield
Peer reviewprior to publication
Authorslisted have made a contribution
No commercialinterests or (unstated) conflictsofinterests
Knowledge is cumulative Authors must citewheretheirideascome from Reference lists Citations Impact Citationcounting Impactfactor Metrics Distribution Paper, electronic, new ”apps” Subscriptions, licensing Open Access Literature and data mining, New searchtoolssuch as i hop, ”nanopublications”
The scholarlyRecord is a permanent record The scientificrecord is permanent An addendum thanremoval from therecord Everythingwepublish must be around for all posterity Archiving in paper National and internationalarchives Repositoriesemerging LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, etc. Portico
Final comments/thoughts We still need standards! Measureemergingnon-corepracticesonthe basis ofhowwellthey support thecorevalues/coreofscholarlycommunications and scientificendeavor. Be awareofthesecorevalues; theyare driving yourcareer. Are weconfusinganynon-corepracticeswithcorevalues? As publishers, as researchers, as administrators. Openaccesspublishersareconservativepeoplewhoarelooking to drive progress.