This is a very interesting development. I’ve not looked fully into the fine print but it looks on the face of it as though IGI, publishers of my first book and a number of chapters and articles I have written over the years, may have seen the light and is partially moving to an open publishing model, with free and open sharing and a creative commons licensing structure. This is big news as IGI is quite a significant player in the academic publication market.
Formerly, IGI’s draconian terms and conditions and shameless profiteering at the expense of hard-working academics have put me off working with them ever again but this looks like something that might well change my mind. At the moment it is in beta and looks like it is intended only for papers, but I applaud them for taking this initiative and hope that it will be extended into their book publishing business too.
Address of the bookmark: http://www.igi-global.com/open-access/