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Call for Proposals: 

Proposals invited for a workshop at the Society for Cinema & Media 
Studies conference (Vancouver, 2006): Should academic research be freely 
available?

In the past 10 years, we've witnessed skyrocketing subscription prices 
for academic journals--causing college libraries and scholars to cut 
back on the titles they carry.

Simultaneously, we've witnessed the growth of an inexpensive 
distribution system: the Internet. Some e-journals have popped up in our 
field and many of them do not charge for access. Some, such as 
Postmodern Culture, began as a free service and then subsequently came 
to limit access to paying customers (in PMC's case, through Project Muse).

This workshop will explore the issues facing free scholarship:

    * How can a permanent archive be maintained?
    * How does one effectively index the research in free publications 
and archives?
    * What free software is available to facilitate these tasks?
    * What human resources are necessary to support free, peer-reviewed 
e-publication?
    * Does the price on a publication affect its prestige? Are free 
publications deemed unworthy by tenure-review committees?

Work towards freely available scholarship has already been begun by 
organizations such as the Public Knowledge Project and the Open Archives 
Initiative. Please see their Websites for more information. We hope to 
have a PKP representative attend this workshop as it is based at neaby 
Simon Fraser University.

If you're interested in pariticipating in this conversation, please contact:

Jeremy Butler

jbutler {at} ua.edu

Box 870152
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

http://www.cmstudies.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=626

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Jeremy Butler

www.ScreenSite.org
www.TVCrit.com
www.AllThingsAcoustic.org

Professor - TCF Dept - U Alabama

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Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama: http://www.tcf.ua.edu