Open-Access: Is it really good?

I was looking around for something else and I found “Harvard Faculty Adopts Open-Access Requirement”.

It starts with this:

Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences adopted a policy this evening that requires faculty members to allow the university to make their scholarly articles available free online.

My first thought was that the pay sites would not be too happy that the journal articles Harvard folks wrote were available for free from Harvard.

And it apparently limits where Harvard faculty can publish, too.

The policy will allow Harvard authors to publish in any journal that permits posting online after publication.

I think I don’t like this idea at all.

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