CSWS Director Carol Stabile on “open access” in Campus Technology digital magazine

August 28, 2012—Rewriting the Journal: With faculty balking at the high price of traditional academic journals, can other digital publishing options get traction?

Campus Technology (…A more recent entrant to the open-access field is Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, which releases its first issue this September. Published by the Fembot Collective, an interdisciplinary, international collaborative, Ada was conceived as a vehicle for the open-access dissemination of feminist research. According to Carol Stabile, Ada‘s editor and director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, the collective set out to make feminist research available to anyone with a web browser, both inside and outside the academy. But the collective also intends to stand the traditional peer-review process on its head. For starters, it’s prepared to review materials other than text, including audio and video pieces. “Around the country, more forward-looking departments and schools are figuring out how to evaluate this kind of work, and how to include it in tenure and promotion cases in ways that we haven’t in the past,” explains Stabile.)