Fred Rascoe, Scholarly Communications at Georgia Tech, sent me this article. I think it’s well worth reading for those interested in Open Access.
Here’s an excerpt:
Seen in this background Open Access is indeed democratising. But only partially. Open Access only helps democratise the distribution of peer-reviewed research. It does not democratise research activity itself, nor does it transform the peer review system, which for different reasons appears weighted in favour of a self-selecting elite. The issue to be addressed is whether O.A. would rid the system of journal branding and journal hierarchies