Open Access Publishing in Mathematics Education 2012-06-12


[Use the link to access the blogger’s complete list of journals in mathematics education and their publishing policies] “... I'm a teacher, not a researcher. Should I care about open access to research? Yes! Few things annoy me more than the assumption that teachers should not read or take any interest in published education research... Right now a lot of high-quality research hides from you in for-profit, closed journals, which I believe has allowed the goals of teachers and researchers to drift apart. With open access journals and greater communication via social media, I hope the divide between teachers and researchers can come together with greater frequency... In mathematics education, the following four journals are often seen as the most prestigious. Let's look at their current publishing policies: [1] Journal of Research in Mathematics Education - JRME is NCTM's research journal and  probably the top journal in the field. Unfortunately, they have a very author-unfriendly publishing policy: ‘Assignment of copyright for the article to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is required as a condition of publication. After acceptance by JRME, a manuscript may not be published elsewhere, including on the internet, without written permission from NCTM. Each author of a paper published in JRME will receive five complimentary copies of the issue in which the paper appears.’ Wow, five complimentary copies? With those I can freely distribute my work to 5 people, or approximately 0.0000002% of worldwide internet users... [2] Educational Studies in Mathematics - This journal was founded by Hans Freudenthal in 1968 and is currently published by Springer. Although Springer is an enormous publishing company with a vested interest in a traditional publishing model, they are making efforts to find ways to increase access while still making a profit. Authors have a choice: (a) Transfer their copyright to Springer or (b) opt into Springer's "Open Choice" program, which makes articles freely available on SpringerLink and allows the author to retain copyright and publish under a Creative Commons Attribution License. The catch? Springer charges the author a $3000 fee. [3] International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education - This journal is also published by Springer and has the same "Open Choice" option as ESM. [4] Mathematical Thinking and Learning - This journal is published by Routledge, part of the Taylor & Francis Group. Theircopyright agreement (PDF) includes the classic language about why authors should transfer copyright (and when I say "classic," I mean old, as in pre-internet): "The transfer of copyright from author to publisher must be clearly stated in writing to enable the publisher to assure maximum dissemination of the author's work." The thought that putting written work in an expensive journal distributed to a relatively small number of people and institutions "assures" a wider distribution than the open internet is plainly laughable. The copyright agreement does throw a few bones the author's way with these three exceptions: [a] Authors can copy their own article for their use in classrooms. [b] Authors can reuse the work in a textbook they might author. [c] Authors can copy their work for internal distribution within their institution...”



08/16/2012, 06:08

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06/12/2012, 16:19

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06/12/2012, 16:54