The Open Access Movement
Scholars have one primary obligation to themselves and society. That is to develop new knowledge and share it openly with each other and society.
The Open Access movement has arisen partly in response to that desire and partly in response to the growing costs associated with traditional scholarly publishing efforts. Increasingly, new knowledge is being placed behind financial firewalls that impede access and benefit primarily the packagers rather than the producers of this valuable information.
For more information on activities related to Open Access, the following resources will be of benefit:
Open Access Blog and Newsletter (Peter Suber)
The true costs of e-publishing
Julian Fisher: Scholarly Publishing Re-invented: Real Costs and Real Freedoms
Andrew Odlyzko: The Economics of Electronic Journals
Julian Fisher: Fixing the Broken Toaster: Scholarly Publishing Re-imagined
Mike Sosteric: The Upcoming Revolution in the Scholarly Communication System
Carl Bergstrom and Theodore Bergstom: The Economics of Scholarly Journal Publishing
Simmons list of software for journal management