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Open Access vs academic power
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Only the Open Access Movement can address the adverse impact of Western domination of the world of knowlege.

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In every sphere the west dominates and exploits. For the domination a military superiority is the basis and the rest follows in all spheres. Technology fuels military domination after which all other nations become subservient in all aspects of their existence. It is the west vs the rest and west will remain on top as there is no way this power can be neutralized or balanced in favor of justice. This article only says the injustice done by the west but the real truth these different agencies in the west are smarting under the military superiority. One good example will be to answer the question why not the developing countries turn the table against the west. The answer will be that is impossible. Any such move can easily be thwarted by using their superior wealth and military might.
from:  Nasar
Posted on: Sep 30, 2013 at 07:24 IST
There are issues in accessing knowledge and open access is one
approach to address some of them. But the author mixes up his
ideological biases and preferences with this and the result in an
article that addresses neither the 'problems' identified by him nor
offers any new idea as solutions. Ideology driven social science in
any form has to be challenged and contested. Countries that invest
more S&T and that have strong research university systems are likely
to do better in S&T in term of indicators like publications, citation
and patents. Open Access is not a substitute for lack of funding in
S&T or lack of well developed research and national innovation system.
Open Access helps in better access and dissemination but that per se
wont result in highest quality research or publications of exceptional
quality in S&T or in social sciences.

from:  ravi srinivas
Posted on: Sep 28, 2013 at 13:16 IST
Like other columns by Dr. C.P.Chandrasekhar “Open Access vs academic
power” also provides some food for thoughts. Author correctly concludes
that open access is not only the panacea of all evils, rather it may
further aggravate the problem. While working in a leading publishing
house I have some opportunity to work in some open access journals.
For those journals to publish an article authors are charged certain
amount as article processing fee. Hence ultimately in pay to publish
model it is not clear how much sanity can be maintained. Can we think
to make all the reviewers’ comments publicly available for greater
transparency (may keep reviewers name and affiliations anonymous)?
Look forward to hearing more on this topic from the brightest minds
like Dr. Chandrasekhar.
from:  Ayan Dhar
Posted on: Sep 23, 2013 at 19:41 IST
Thoughts and Ideas should not be allowed for overpowering by imperialist
forces. Our destiny has to be determined by ourselves. The knowledge
created in our country has to be conducive to our circumstances and
nature. Unnecessarily being slaves to western hegemony is foolishness.
Open Access to knowledge is important to freedom.
from:  Balagopalan K
Posted on: Sep 21, 2013 at 22:25 IST
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