Free for all: ARC-funded research now open to the public (The Conversation)

Good news for all. The Australian Research Council has announced the implementation of an open access policy for all research that is funded by the ARC. This is a great move, one that grants the appropriate level of accessibility to publicly funded research. With the interesting research projects that are undertaken at the Centre for the History of Emotions, allowing public access will definitely be a boon to expanding the impact of the Centre’s work.

I’ve always been a proponent of open access publishing. There is no point in imposing barriers to research, particularly when certain scholarly publishers obtain high levels of profit for essentially being middlemen. After all, it is researchers and reviewers who are doing the hard work Researchers and reviewers should, in an ideal situation, actually be remunerated for their contributions to the academic community rather than being taxed for it. These lines make me sound like an idealist, and I have had discussions with others who have differing opinions. But if stripped down to the basics, aren’t we providing a ‘product’ through our research? Logic suggests that we should be paid for our ‘products’ rather than being taxed for it, or having restrictions placed on it.


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