Survey of CES Members: Open Versus Restricted Access to CJPE | evaluationcanada.ca
"The Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) is consulting its members regarding access to the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation (CJPE). The CJPE aims to promote the theory and practice of program evaluation in Canada. The journal has been in circulation since 1986 and currently publishes three issues per year. In the past, electronic access to the CJPE was restricted to CES members. Non-members could pay a fee in order to access specific articles. However, in 2011, the CES decided to provide the CJPE as an open access journal. This means that anyone (CES members and non-members) can access the journal online, at no cost. Since the initial distribution of the journal, CES members have also received hard copies of the journal. However, as of September 1, 2014 members only have access to an online issue of the CJPE. Members wishing to continue receiving hard copies of the journal are required to pay a $50 annual fee. The CES Board of Directors has put forward the idea of once again restricting access to the online CJPE, for the main purpose of increasing benefits to members. The CES is currently considering several options regarding access to the CJPE in order to best serve CES members as well as the evaluation discipline. The following provides arguments to further inform the open versus restricted access debate specific to CJPE ..."