Toward Open Access in Ancient Studies: The Princeton-Stanford Working Papers in Classics

by Josiah Ober, Walter Scheidel, Brent D. Shaw, and Donna Sanclemente

Hesperia, Volume 76, Issue 1
Page(s): 229-242
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25068017
Year: 2007


The authors' experience with founding and managing an open-access Internet site for publishing scholarly preprints, the Princeton-Stanford Working Papers in Classics, raises issues about the status of publication in classical studies. Open-access e-prints offer unique advantages in terms of availability and dated registration of work, but raise concerns about certification and permanent archiving. E-prints and traditional publications are currently complementary. Yet the worlds of scholarly publication and academic evaluation of scholarship are changing in important ways; closer cooperation between publishers, scholars, and university administrators could help to maximize benefits and limit costs to disciplines, institutions, and individuals.