Book Review: Willinsky, J. (2006) The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. xv + 287 pp. ISBN 0-262-23242-1

John Bateman
<span title="2007-02-23">2007</span> <i title="Equinox Publishing"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/4ywxi4thtng2zm7bpybcc2o5oq" style="color: black;">Linguistics and the Human Sciences</a> </i> &nbsp;
This is a book for everyone who has suddenly needed at short notice to check a reference, who has tried to find that missing quote, or who has needed urgently to get hold of a copy of that latest article that has unfortunately appeared in precisely their own research area just when they were about to submit their own paper -and who then finds: first, that that article is not in their own institution's library and, second, that the journal's sprightly webpage lets them have all kinds of
more &raquo; ... ng details about the article but will not let them read it, at least not without paying out a hefty per-article buying price or arranging an institutional subscription. This book is then even more for those who have taken the next steps; those who have questioned this state of affairs, have wondered just why their library doesn't appear to subscribe to the journal in question and have asked-only to be informed that, in fact, cuts in subscriptions have been made necessary by dramatic price increases for institutional journal subscriptions. The book is, finally, also for those who have never wondered about these issues at all and who have assumed that the practice of publishing results in scholarly journals was a successful and appropriate solution to the task of distributing knowledge and making their research results known: as Willinsky shows in great detail, actually at present it is not and a substantial re-think concerning the principles of knowledge distribution is urgently required. Book reviewed Willinsky, J. (2006) The Access Principle: the case for open access to research and scholarship. Cambridge, MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology. xv + 287 pp. ISBN 0-262-23242-1.
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