Last week, before I headed to my current location in the land of Coca Cola and the Cartoon Network (the hotel is so nice here that when my friend stopped outside so that I could drop my bags off, the concierge asked him if he wanted would like some water while he waited), I attended a very inspirational talk on open access by Jonathan Eisen. The video is now available online (lecture 2.) Well worth watching as it was a good talk laying out the case for open access to research journals (which Eisen makes sure to delineate from open science. Say the word open science, I guess, and some people go bonkers.)
Actually this reminded me of a question: I wonder if physicists are more insulated from the open access debate because of the arXiv. I mean, since the arXiv is the conduit for most research, this means that one doesn’t necessarily worry as much about the ultimate destination of the article.
By the way, I’m curious: what license option have people been choosing for arXiv submissions, since they allowed different choices?