Why open access matters

MIT Press invited me to provide a quote on why I think open access matters for Open Access Week 2021. Here it is:

“Open access is not just about increasing availability, but also about rethinking and changing the roles of research in collective life: who and what it serves; how it may be meaningful, valuable or actionable; and how it may reshape how we relate to each other and the world around us.

Now more than ever it is crucial to look beyond publication as personal accomplishment, institutional prestige or asset class, and towards more inclusive and equitable arrangements that support collective learning, participation and imagination in responding to many urgent issues we face.”

You can find many more reflections in Reassembling Scholarly Communications: Histories, Infrastructures, and Global Politics of Open Access that I co-edited with Martin Eve, which is itself published as an open access book with MIT Press.

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