Apophenia has a great post on boycotting locked-down academic journals. I might have mentioned it before, but as a humanities scholar, I’m completely in awe of how sorted the sciences have got themselves over open access publication – just look at arXiv.org. Amazing.
Until we get something like that, here’s a list of open access music journals, compiled by DOAJ. One that they don’t include, because issue 1 has only just come out, is Search, a journal for new music and culture. Contributors to this first issue include Frank Cox, Wieland Hoban and Martin Iddon, so you have an idea on its aesthetic focus, but it looks like an excellent new publication.
Update: In the comments below, Mike van Eerden draws attention to another open access journal resource, and one tailored specifically for the humanities: Search Pigeon. SP isn’t quite the same as arXiv, which parallel-publishes articles otherwise available only in commercial journals, but it looks like a well-organised and growing resource for seeking OA publications.