In lieu of a regular tidbits post this week, I thought I'd highlight the best short writing I've seen in open access over the last year or so. Some of it you'll have seen here before, but as we all know, it takes quite a lot of repetition before the message takes hold.
What's wonderful is that there's a lot of brilliant writing to choose from. What's even more wonderful is that it's not all coming from librarians! What's the most wonderful of all is that this writing is everywhere. It's not just a few rabid bloggers like me. It's not just the faithful vanguard, bless them. Open access isn't quite mainstream yet—but this year it's been putting its foot in the door.
- Can't say much about Barbara Fister that I haven't already, so I'll just point. "Liberation Bibliography" and "Toward Liberation Bibliography: A Manifesto" force open-access advocates to think about what we're doing from new angles.
- Peter Suber writes an honest, revealing mini-memoir about self-archiving. It shouldn't be this hard.
- Stuart Shieber explains carefully and clearly why gold open access is not vanity publishing.
- We always need more and better open-access primers. Michael Patrick Rutter and James Sellman gave us a lovely one.
- Lisbet Rausing believes that open access is part of the way Toward a New Alexandria.
- Michael Nielsen interviews Cameron Neylon on Practical steps toward open science.
- It's a retread, and the writing style doesn't exactly grab you, but nonetheless: the Federal Research Public Access Act.
Honorary mention, because it's not directly open-access–related, goes to the University of California's well-phrased refusal to take Nature Publishing Group's price-gouging lying down.
I've missed a lot. Tell me what I've missed in the comments!