An old tradition and a new technology have converged to make possible an unprecedented public good. The old tradition is the willingness of scientists and scholars to publish the fruits of their research in scholarly journals without payment, for the sake of inquiry and knowledge. The new technology is the internet. The public good they make possible is the world-wide electronic distribution of the peer-reviewed journal literature and completely free and unrestricted access to it by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students, and other curious minds. Removing access barriers to this literature will accelerate research, enrich education, share the learning of the rich with the poor and the poor with the rich, make this literature as useful as it can be, and lay the foundation for uniting humanity in a common intellectual conversation and quest for knowledge. ---From the Budapest Open Access Initiative
This page is designed to help scholars and researchers in the Bowdoin community understand the changes taking place in scholarly communication. You can play a vital role in this transformation of how scholarly research is being disseminated today. As an author, you have the ability to control the distribution of your publications and retain your author rights, but you must take an active role. The scholarly communication movement is dedicated to capitalizing on the use of the Internet to make research results and scholarly research broadly accessible. The information on this page will connect you to the resources you need to be a fully-informed participant in the new scholarly communication arena.
Sue O'Dell, Science Librarian
with any questions you may have.