2 Replies to “Version Control; or, What does it Mean to “Publish?””

  1. I believe that any research that has been funded by a public institution should make that knowledge available to the public. They paid for it. The issue is we need to publish, but there are only so many places that this can be done and the system is set up in such a way to have exclusive publishing with journals and the large publishing companies.

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    1. Thanks for your comment.
      Open access to articles written as a result of research conducted via government funding agencies should be a public property.
      Clever publishers/entrepreneurs jumped in and got exclusive rights to publicly-funded scholarly output. One of the richest men in the UK (an immigrant to the UK from the Slavic diaspora who took his name from a coffee tin, Robert Maxwell) shrewdly cashed in on publishing scholarly works as a means to great wealth. But I digress.
      The point is some kind of revolution is occurring in publishing right now. The peer-reviewed journal article is coming under siege. Some think the publishing world might break down to ‘the researcher is the brand’.
      If the researcher is funded by government grants, the researcher has a duty to make articles available to the public.
      The Harper government devalues scientific research, especially if it might influence public opinion or undermine its economic base, so expect articles in Canada to be more locked down.
      Thank you for your comment.

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