The following is a message from Gary Dunham, Director of IU Press and Digital Publishing.
Open Access matters. Yes, a university press just said that. Open Access is a great way to boost the visibility and accessibility of research, thus furthering our mission as scholarly publishers and the university's goals in making a difference beyond its campus. OA also can be a crucial lifeline for supporting academics in early and challenging points in their careers.
Research paid with public money should be freely available and disseminated as quickly as possible to those who would most benefit from it. Finding ways to make scholarly content as inexpensive as possible also encourages and supports those starting out in academic careers (students), and those scholars currently unemployed or underemployed. There are way too many of the latter nowadays.
Open Access Week is part of what we do at Indiana University Press; it's not just given lip service and then marginalized. We see it as an increasingly necessary and viable option for offering and accessing content. For example, we're conducting a multi-year test of OA in a controlled environment to determine its impact, if any, on print sales. Also, several Open Access journals published by IU's Office of Scholarly Publishing are now promoted alongside of the for-sale journals published by the Press. For select books and journals, we're even offering an OA digital version simultaneously with the same content, for sale, in print.
This week is Open Access week, and the IU Libraries, Press, and Office of Scholarly Publishing are doing much to commemorate it. For our part, the Press is making 5 books published by IU authors last year freely available online for this week. Come learn about what everyone is doing.
Open Access is here. Welcome to our liberating future.