This new AAUP report wisely urges presses to take open access seriously and develop alliances that can help them move from a business model based on selling printed books into something more sustainable. It's a sign that the AAUP is genuinely interested in engaging all of us in dialog that the report carries a Creative Commons license and is open for comment in the Mediacommons platform. However, it starts with some fundamental and arguably false assumptions. The very first editorial urge I had when I started to read Sustaining Scholarly Publishing: New Business Models for University Presses was to strike the word "business" from the subtitle. What scholarly communication really needs is a sustainable not-a-business model. We need to support scholarly publishing as part of the basic research that the world needs, as an investment in the future.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Barbara Fister's response to the aforementioned AAUP report is just excellent. A snippet:
Posted by Natalia at 3:16 PM