This morning I received an email asking me to peer review a book proposal for Chandos Publishing, the Library and Information Studies imprint of Elsevier. Initially I thought it was spam because of some sloppy punctuation and the “Dr. Robertson” salutation.
When other people pointed out that this likely wasn’t spam my ego was flattered for a few minutes and I considered it. I was momentarily confused–would participating in Elsevier’s book publishing process be evil? Isn’t it different from their predatory pricing models with libraries and roadblocks to sharing research more broadly? I have a lot to learn about scholarly publishing, but decided that I’m not going to contribute my labour to a company that are jerks to librarians, researchers and libraries.
Here’s some links I found useful:
Amy Buckland’s pledge to support open access
Mita Williams pointed me to The Cost of Knowledge petition, which I also encourage you to sign.
Devon Greyson just posted a summary of this session at the BCLA conference that was cosponsored by the BCLA Intellectual Freedom Committee, BCLA Information Policy Committee, and the Health Library Association of BC.
The presentation touched on the issues of editorial independence in medical journals that led up to the creation of Open Medicine as an editorially independent, Ãƒ ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã…”goldÃƒ ¢Ã¢”š ¬ open access, general medical journal, built and published with open source software. Palepu and Giustini tag-teamed their way through a brief history of open access in Canada as well as the steps in establishing an OA journal. A unique feature of the presentation was a highlight on the value a librarian can add to an editorial board, enhancing the journalÃƒ ¢Ã¢”š ¬Ã¢”ž ¢s impact.
One of my favourite sessions at the PKP Scholarly Publishing Conference was Dr. Anita Palepu speaking about the history of Open Medicine. This is a prime example where intellectual freedom and information policy issues (like open access) connect. The abstract says the session:
Presents the experience of founding a new independent open access medical journal in the wake of a controversial instance of editorial interference and suspension of academic freedom that had resulted in the firing of the Canadian Medical Association Journals editors, followed by the resigning of the remaining editors and board.
She was a really engaging speaker, but her energy doesn’t come across very well on the mp3 recording. You can view her slides and listen to her presentation here.