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Access is more than getting the texts for free

May 17, 2012

On the London School of Economics blog, Brant Moscovich also calls for making the actual written science more accessible.  I’m a little… confused that he says that the Social Sciences have said little about the Open Access (psychology being in the social sciences, and psychologists have not exactly been quiet, as the links in this blog attests).

As I’ve said before, this becomes a bit tricky.  You want to be accessible, but you also want to be compact.  Jargon is a way to be compact.  There is a tradeoff here.   Science is done incrementally and in debate, with the tiny increments either unintelligible or seemingly trivial, but once hashed out through the years in several articles can become something very interesting (that some of the excellent science-bloggers and other science journalists out there could summarize and communicate).  Hmmm.  I don’t have a solution, but I really don’t think it is as simple as just making the writing more accessible.

 

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