[Humanist] 25.412 open access

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Oct 25 10:13:54 CEST 2011

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 412.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 09:13:22 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: in defense

Researchers in the humanities are in the course of this discussion of 
open access taking flak if not direct fire for being uninvolved in open 
access discussions and movements. I wonder, however, if this is 
fair. Aren't we (I include myself among these researchers) busy 
enough without having to pay significant attention not just to the 
manner in which our writings are published but more to the 
infrastructure of publication? I agree that the problems we touch on 
here are very, very important, i.e. they bear sharply on the central 
purpose of research, at least for me, which is to communicate 
thoughts, findings, constructs. But infrastructure, while important 
to everyone, does not, cannot be everyone's job to build and 

The action I take is short-term and individual, so perhaps culpable, 
but it is action, and it is what I can do without diverting my time for
research. I put penultimate versions of what I write online whenever 
possible. And I am *enormously* grateful to others for the same. (And 
please note that, as I am fond of saying, one of the main effects of
doing that is a dramatic increase in my book-buying.)

Wouldn't it be better to paint a variegated landscape in which a 
portion of its denizens are worthily employed with open-access 
concerns while others do various other things?


Professor Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's 
College London; Professor (fractional), University of Western Sydney; 
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.isr-journal.org); Editor, 
Humanist (www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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