We hear the term Open Access a lot these days, and I’m excited by the number of journals that are using this publishing model. When we relaunched The Brock Review the decision to go with an online, Open Access format was almost an automatic one.
I am amazed at the perception that some people still cling to regarding the intellectual rigor of these journals. Papers published in Open Access journals still go out for peer review and there are still the same standards and expectations of the scholarship, the difference is that anyone with an internet connection (instead of anyone with an institutional password) can read the published articles. Isn’t this what sharing knowledge is all about?
I recently read a wonderfully thought-provoking blog post about Open Access over at Academic Evolution. In this post, the author talks about how Galileo embraced the idea of sharing knowledge and draws some interesting parallels between what was going on in Galileo’s time and our current situation. A very interesting read — be sure to check it out!