a turning point

Publishing Without Paper, Opening Access

Through a partnership that marked a turning point in scholarly publishing at IU, in February we announced the publication of the first faculty-generated electronic journal supported by the IUB Libraries.

Edited by Jason Baird Jackson, Museum Anthropology Review showcases a new model for Bloomington faculty to disseminate their scholarly work. The journal, Jackson says, has “exceeded our highest hopes.”

“Almost as soon as we began publishing last February,” Jackson wrote in an editorial, “we started partnering with remarkable, visionary librarians.” Together, we have “leveraged the capabilities of sophisticated open source software tools and have transformationally reduced the costs of scholarly publishing.” Perhaps more important, the journal makes the work of more than 80 leading scholars accessible to all who have an Internet connection.

Universities, and particularly libraries, have been squeezed in recent years by skyrocketing costs of journals from commercial publishers. One way to stem these costs is to publish and promote the use of freely available, or open access, journals.

“As scholars, publishers, and
  librarians change
the way they work, open
   scholarship promises to make a real difference
   in the lives of students and so-called ‘life-longer learners’
  around the world.”

Jason Baird Jackson, Associate Professor,
Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology,
Director of the Folklore Institute, and
Editor, Museum Anthropology Review