The Next Information Revolution - How Open Access will Transform Scholarly Communications

Prosser, David C. . The Next Information Revolution - How Open Access will Transform Scholarly Communications., 2005 In: International Yearbook of Library and Information Management 2004-2005: Scholarly Publishing in an Electronic Era. Facet Publishing, pp. 99-117. [Book chapter]


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Complaints about spiralling serials costs, lack of service from large commercial publishers, and the inability to meet the information needs of researchers are not new. Over the past few years, however, we have begun to see new models develop that better serve the information needs academics as both authors and readers. The internet is now being used in ways other than just to provide electronic facsimiles of print journals accessed using the traditional subscription models. Authors can now ‘self-archive’ their own work making it available to millions and new open access journals extend this by providing a peer-review service to ensure quality control. SPARC and SPARC Europe play a prominent role in the new scholarly communication landscape as they encourage the progress of open access while working closely with scholars and scientists, who must recognize the benefits of change within academe in order for such progress to occur.

Item type: Book chapter
Keywords: Open access, repositories
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HN. e-journals.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HS. Repositories.
Depositing user: David C Prosser
Date deposited: 30 May 2005
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:01


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A collection of papers on this topic can be found at

Peter Suber (2003) “Removing the Barriers to Research: An Introduction to Open Access for Librarians”

Report of the Research Support Libraries Group, 2003,

Roosendaal, Hans E. and Peter A. Th. M. Geurts (1998). “Forces and functions in scientific communication: an analysis of their interplay.” CRISP 97

Crow, R. (2002). “The Case for Institutional Repositories: A SPARC Position Paper.”

For details of institutional repository technical specifications see the Open Archive Initiative,

An excellent expansion of the benefits of open access is given in Suber’s paper, ref. 3 above.

See the Crow and Goldstein ‘Guides to business planning for open access journals’

Details of the various Institutional Repository software can be found at: GNU Eprints -, DSpace -, CDSWare -, Arno -

SHERPA -, DARE -, Australian initiative -

Prosser, D.C. (2003). “From Here to There: A Proposed Mechanism for Transforming Journals from Closed to Open Access”. Learned Publishing, Vol. 16, pp. 163-166 (An earlier version is available at:

Oxford University Press -, Company of Biologists -, American Physiological Society -

The announcement of the inquiry can be found at, while transcripts of the oral sessions are at

See, for example, Create Change (

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