What is remarkable about the open access (OA) movement is that despite having no formal structure, no official organization, and no appointed leader, it has (in the teeth of opposition from incumbent publishers) triggered a radical transformation in a publishing system that had changed little in 350 years. Most notably, it has demonstrated that it is no longer rational, or even necessary, for subscription paywalls to be built between researchers and research.


[A shorter version of this interview is available in the July/August print issue of Information Today.]


Peter Suber of SPARC speaks at a Berkman Center for Internet and Society talk on the future of open access in scholarly publications and research.

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