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Creating an Intellectual Commons through Open Access

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Suber, Peter
Conference: Workshop on Scholarly Communication as a Commons
Location: Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Conf. Date: March 31-April 2, 2004
Date: 2004
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/300
Sector: Information & Knowledge
Subject(s): communication
open access
tragedy of the commons
information commons
information technology
Abstract: "Open-access (OA) literature is online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. The low-hanging fruit for OA is literature that authors consent to distribute without payment, or for which they are paid salaries by their employers rather than royalties by their publishers. This relatively small but very important category of literature includes peer-reviewed journal articles and their preprints, the primary literature of science. In this paper I discuss the peculiarities of royalty-free literature, the conditions that lead authors to consent to OA (including authors of royalty-producing literature), and some obstacles to an OA commons that have the flavor of a tragedy of the commons."

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