“We need to take a stand against more traditional publishers”Name: Antonin Delpeuch
Position: Graduate student, Computer Science
Institution: École Normale Supérieure
An interview with Antonin Delpeuch on 7 January 2016
Why would we even want to restrict access to scientific literature?
In parallel, I am working with both librarians and with the faculty of my university to set up an institutional Open Access policy. I also represent graduate students on the Scientific Council, where we are currently discussing Open Access.
For administrations, I think one of the most important moves is to stop subscribing to abusive publishers; we need to support modern initiatives such as the Open Library of Humanities or arXiv instead. This is actually something we can do! The sky will not fall if we stop subscriptions. Researchers already regularly hit paywalls, so they know how to live with them. If libraries keep subscribing, they are effectively signing blank cheques to the publishers, and we will never move forward.
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