The wealthiest university on Earth can’t afford its academic journal subscriptions

Interesting and heartening article reporting that Harvard faculty and students are being strongly encouraged by their Faculty Advisory Council to submit articles to open-access journals, “or to ones that have reasonable, sustainable subscription costs,” in the interest of “[moving] prestige to open access”. 

Athabasca University has a strong policy of openness and great support for open publication in the form of AU Press and journals such as IRRODL. It would be nice for us to adopt this next logical step as part of our institutional policy.

The full set of recommendations, that include other actions such as withdrawal from editorial boards of closed publishers and to proactively campaign against things like bundled publication packages and other prohibitive pricing models, may be found at

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I am a professional learner, employed as a Full Professor and Associate Dean, Learning & Assessment, at Athabasca University, where I research lots of things broadly in the area of learning and technology, and I teach mainly in the School of Computing & Information Systems. I am a proud Canadian, though I was born in the UK. I am married, with two grown-up children, and three growing-up grandchildren. We all live in beautiful Vancouver.

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