I really should have found this source sooner. Charles W. Bailey’s Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-Prints and Open Access Journals is the best place to start for historians (or anyone else) looking to learn about open access and scholarly publishing.
According to the description of the book, it features citations for “1,300 selected English-language books, conference papers (including some digital video presentations), debates, editorials, e-prints, journal and magazine articles, news articles, technical reports, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding the open access movement’s efforts to provide free access to and unfettered use of scholarly literature.” This impressive bibliography offers a wide array of sources on subjects ranging from major debates over web publishing to the history of E-Prints.
You could likely spend years pouring over all the different publications on open access and scholarly publishing to be found in Open Access Bibliography. I’ll be taking a peek at a handful of relevant sources for Canadian and environmental historians to review for the Notes on Knowledge Mobilization page.