April 19, 2017 by Town Peterson

Perhaps the last thing that the world needs right now is another blog, but yes, we have decided to start this blog, which we are calling OAnarchy. OA for “open access,” and “anarchy” because we feel that some disorder and fundamental rethinking would do the field quite a bit of good. We have explored ways of rethinking the scholarly communications process in a lengthy series of publications, commentaries, and projects. This blog is our attempt to make these communications more agile, responsive, and open. Please pass on the link to the blog, and share with persons that you think might be interested in this topic!

Who are we?

Josh Bolick / @JoshBolick
Ada Emmett / @adaemmett
Marc Greenberg / @marek4
Town Peterson / @ATP_biodiv
Brian Rosenblum / @blros
a university in the Midwest of the US

3 thoughts on “OAnarchy

  1. I am a little ambivalent about the title and this for two basic reasons:

    1. Anarchy really means a refusal of hierarchy, rather than disorder. However, the term might be a good one if we mean a refusal of existing hierarchies that distort the communication system of scholarship in general and science in particular. For example, refusing the hierarchies of journals generated by impact factors would be a good objective for an OAnarchist. But, despite this possible interpretation, “disruptive” appears more accurate than “anarchic”;

    2. The term “anarchy” is deeply (and wrongly) connoted by historical usage. As a result, it is very easy to comment on it in socially effective disparaging comments;

    This said, the idea of a blog which could counter-balance the scholarly kitchen is excellent, and I would certainly be ready to help, for example by committing to write a few “billets” (as we say in my native tongue).

    Best to all.

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    • adaemmett says:

      Excellent points, Jean-Claude, and well taken. Our use of ‘anarchy’ was much closer to the “refusal of existing hierarchies” that are no longer useful for the day in which we live, and our small very interconnected planet. We are serious when we say we feel we are in learning mode, and therefore that existing hierarchies are no longer appropriate to the conditions we need or that we seek. So yes, ‘disruptive’.
      We would welcome your billets as a guest writer. Please let us know. You know how to reach us. -Ada


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