Lewis & Clark Law (Portland, Oregon) is hosting a symposium on Open Access Publishing and the Future of Legal Scholarship on March 10, 2006. Here's the summary:
"Scholarship and research reporting in the sciences and medicine has, in the last few years, been shifting to an open access approach. The combined power of the web, universal document formats (e.g., Adobe’s Public Document Format), and powerful search technology (e.g., Google), has fueled a dramatic expansion in this open access approach in just the last four years. The result is that the global interested public can find and use scholarship at a far lower cost, to a far greater degree, than ever before. Interestingly, the open access publishing model has not yet become as popular in legal scholarship as in other fields. Why has legal scholarship lagged in the open access publishing movement? Should law schools, who do the most to fund both the production and publication of legal scholarship, push toward an open access publishing approach?"
This symposum is relevant to Michael's earlier post on Publication Options and "whether law prof types see (or perceive) shifts in overall law school culture or tenure expectations germane to scholarly publication options." Can Open Access publishing work in law, and what would be the future of the Law Reviews? This Symposium's presentations seem geared to these questions.