Digital file sharing has undoubtedly altered the landscape of music distribution. However, similar changes have not occurred within the realm of academic publishing. What might be dubbed as academic piracy was rarely heard of until the recent death of Aaron Swartz. Before his death Swartz was facing the possibility of a lengthy prison sentence for allegedly unlawfully downloading roughly 4 million journal articles from JSTOR.
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The University of Windsor and Leddy Library are excited to announce the launch of the Scholarship at UWindsor Institutional Repository. Scholarship at UWindsor is created with and maintained through the use of BePress's Digital Commons software service. Digital commons is now the leading hosted institutional repository and is used by several institutions in Canada.
Scholarly communication and academic publishing are quickly evolving and these developments are transforming the way we share research and scholarship. The Open Access movement has gained momentum and online electronic publishing is generating new avenues for communication. These changes have created opportunities for universities to increase access to the results research, develop and publish their own journals and monographs, and to share their raw data in order to enable new research.
"After six years of negotiation, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) is now close to ensuring that nearly all particle-physics articles — about 7,000 publications last year — are made immediately free on journal websites."
While issues related to academic publishing and open access have been quietly churning away for many years now, these issues have started to surface more publicly since the recent boycott of the academic publish Elsevier this spring and the push in the UK to support wider access to publicly funded research.