Thomas Jefferson once said in a letter to Isaac McPherson on August 13, 1813: “If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of everyone, and the receiver cannot dispossess himself of it. Its peculiar character, too, is that no one possesses the less, because every other possesses the whole of it. He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me…”
There are vast changes in the world of research, including Open Access, and this site is designed to analyze and discuss some of these changes. There is a lot of excitement and positive news if you seek it out, but without specific values and a commitment to a meaningful philosophy of life the Tower of Babel is the best analogy. I teach a required Charter Oak State College course, IDS 101 Cornerstone Seminar (click here for syllabus) and have been a professional writer/editor/publicist/instructor in academia and the corporate world for more than 37 years. I used to run speakers bureaus. I’ve had many different jobs in academia, industry, journalism, even blue collar and healthcare sectors.
I’m in the midst of an intensive investigation of how one can publish today using social media to locate and qualify one’s readers, and save paper! Poets & Writers is a good place to start looking for a publisher: www.pw.org/about-us RefWorks may be an intriguing method for publishing to ProQuest and I plan to investigate that to publish my Trinity College master’s thesis on Orwell. I own a publishing house, Emanations Press and can help you to publish if I accept your work. For a sample of my work as an editor (including cover design) see Poems of Love and Loss, by Shalom Saada Saar, of MIT, on Amazon.
How much evidence is enough to validate one’s research and when do you publish or go public? How and when do you test out your audience? If you would like to include an abstract of your research here, or just your idea, write to me here for consideration. I will be happy to offer my opinion about your writing, and offer some guidance on how to investigate if it is publishable. Princeton offers info on abstracts. See attached PDF.abstracts-1
All authors and publishers need to familiarize themselves with The Creative Commons and the Open Access movement.