A lengthy post just appeared on Jon Becker’s blog, addressing the issue of access to scholarly information focused most specifically on the format of the AERA annual meeting. I have excerpted a few comments to give you the flavor of the post (not including the author’s commitment not to attend further meetings unless some changes are made). I would encourage reading of the entire post.
I see no evidence of AERA’s commitment to the access principle, and that absence is more pronounced than ever in this era of advanced information and communications technology. AERA is not doing nearly enough to to advance and improve access to research and scholarship in education. Consider just the issues around publishing and annual meetings.… so long as attendees expect to attend and hear 15-minute presentations about the paper, there’s not great incentive to read the papers ahead of time. What if you did away with presentations entirely and enforced the paper uploading expectations? What if you “flipped” the conference and had presenters create short video presentations to be uploaded and hosted by AERA in advance of the conference?