While on the surface this seems like a brilliant idea, I think it warrants analysis.
Let's first ask these 3 questions:
It would be good (IMO) to consider that it's capitalism that is driving this push, it is not about more open science . The more "open" that science is or becomes, the more that corporations can take the knowledge that was learnt (often paid for with public funds) and use it for their own benefit.
I agree that it is better than now. I also think the walled gardens and paywalls are inextricably tied together. I also want to caution us to remember that reformism is not the answer and final goal; rather only a step along the path.
Not only are we taking the profit away from monopolized corps with a toxic business model. For companies & cooperatives, it decreases the dependency from capital.
If we want cooperatives and solidarity economy to take over production and establish hegemony over capitalist forms of production and exchange, then this is even necessary.
@redandgreen14 @b3yond @aadilayub you're asking the right questions, but in my experience it's primarily librarians and scholars who are pushing for #OpenAccess, not capitalism. What corporations are doing is setting up partnerships with universities and other publicly-funded research institutions, under contracts that allow them to privatize all the resulting knowledge as copyrights, patents, trade secrets, plant breeders rights and various other forms of "intellectual property".
@redandgreen14 @b3yond @aadilayub they are also buying up the publishing companies that own the rights to academic journals, and extracting huge fees from uni libraries by bundling one or two high reputation journals with dozens of obscure ones. #OpenAccess is a threat to both these extractive models. It's a push to de-commodify academic knowledge, which makes it inherently anti-capitalist (even if that's not the motivator for most activists involved)
@b3yond It is going to fuck over grad students to no end, FYI.
Open access journals charge to publish with them (even the non-profit ones have to cover their bills). This means that a lot of professors aren't going to bother publishing lower impact research, which screws over grad students who are desperate for more papers for their CV or resume.
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