(Hekman 2012) Moving the prestige to open-access publishing

Hekman, Jessica P. Moving the prestige to open-access publishing [Internet]. Scientific American. 2012 May 10. Available from: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2012/05/10/moving-the-prestige-to-open-access-publishing/. Accessed 2012 May 14. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/67eOnyDOP.

Hekman identifies the “prestige problem” as the greatest obstacle to the universal adoption of open access in academic publishing. Junior faculty seeking promotion and tenure feel compelled to publish their work in the most prestigious journals possible, a practice which perpetuates restricted access to the literature, since the most prestigious journals are generally not open-access. Using Harvard as an example, Hekman calls on the most prestigious universities to resolve this impasse by using post-publication peer review to offer faculty an alternative way of achieving the greatest possible cachet for their publications. She proposes that academic departments at prestigious universities create curated lists to which important open-access articles can be added after publication, accompanied by short reviews written by department faculty.


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