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Harvard: Publicar ou não na web, eis a questão

21.02.08
«Faculty members are scheduled to vote on a measure that would permit Harvard to distribute their scholarship online, instead of signing exclusive agreements with scholarly journals that often have tiny readerships and high subscription costs»

«Authors would still retain their copyright and could publish anywhere they pleased — including at a high-priced journal, if the journal would have them. »

«The publishing industry, as well as some scholarly groups, have opposed some forms of open access, contending that free distribution of scholarly articles would ultimately eat away at journals’ value and wreck the existing business model. Such a development would in turn damage the quality of research, they argue, by allowing articles that have not gone through a rigorous process of peer review to be broadcast on the Internet as easily as a video clip of Britney Spears’s latest hairdo. It would also cut into subsidies that some journals provide for educational training and professional meetings, they say»


Um artigo de PATRICIA COHEN, no New York Times dá conta da possibilidade posta em cima da mesa da Universidade de Harvard passar a publicar, de forma gratuita, na web. Para ler aqui.