Comments on: Open Access Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:09:03 +0000 hourly 1 By: barletta Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:49:14 +0000 I don’t see an “opt out” clause in the draft. The only way to do this is to file paperwork, after contacting the journal and receiving a refusal. Why not have an “opt in” policy, which takes the burden off faculty?
The problem for those of us in the humanities is that we may not have journals that allow open access. The premier journal in my field relies heavily on subscriptions for support. I know this because I am on the Governing Board of the parent organization. The journal cannot afford to publish articles that will then be open to all on a regular basis. Therefore this policy discourages UF faculty from submitting to some of the finest journals. The German journals in my field are not even submitted to JSTOR, and therefore requesting open access from them may exclude my work from consideration.
Also, because I use visual materials in my articles, I need to get permission for publication, which is dependent upon the number of copies printed. With open access, it will be harder to get that permission and certainly more expensive. Who will pay for this?
Finally, I write on Greek art. The Greeks hold copyrights on their monuments. It is difficult enough to get permission to publish my own photos of their monuments for a “normal” print run. Again, open access will present even more problems.
This just isn’t a good policy for many UF faculty.