while the ACM continues to drag its heels, the Gates Foundation has made a big move to encourage Open Access...Which got me thinking. Why can't the ACM use this policy as a guidelines to encourage open access ? Specifically,
- Announce that from now on, it will subsidize/support the open access fees paid by ACM members
- (partially) eat the cost of publication in ACM publications (journals/conferences/etc)
- Use the resulting clout to negotiate cheaper open access rates with various publishers in exchange for supporting open access fees paid to those journals.