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Open access: look both ways before crossing


Hugh Look


Based on a paper presented at the 27th UKSG Conference, Manchester, March 2004

This objective view of the pros and cons of open access explores the situation as it was in early 2004 and considers some of the ethical dilemmas that can both arise as a result of changing business models and lead to the creation of new models. Some interesting theories are examined to demonstrate how easily a destabilizing effect could occur, and the likely impact of this on different communities in the world of scholarly journals is considered. Finally, a realistic view of the various possible future outcomes is given with a cautionary tale, some sound, unbiased advice and even a visit to the planet Magrathea thrown in for good measure.

How to Cite: Look, H., 2004. Open access: look both ways before crossing. Serials, 17(3), pp.217–223. DOI:
Published on 18 Nov 2004.
Peer Reviewed


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