Open Access and the Prisoner's Dilemma
Connotea: stevanharnad's bookmarks matching tag oa.new 2012-11-26
Unilateral Gold OA instead of Green is the losing choice in a non-forced-choice Prisoner's Dilemma (think about it!) Houghton & Swan 2012: "If OA were adopted worldwide, the net benefits of Gold OA would exceed those of Green OA. However, we are not in an OA world... "At the institutional level, during a transitional period when subscriptions are maintained, the cost of unilaterally adopting Green OA is much lower than the cost of Gold OA – with Green OA self-archiving costing average institutions sampled around one-fifth the amount that Gold OA might cost, and as little as one-tenth as much for the most research intensive university. "Hence, we conclude that the most affordable and cost-effective means of moving towards OA is through Green OA, which can be adopted unilaterally at the funder, institutional, sectoral and national levels at relatively little cost."
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