Open online access Re: Giving reprints
g.read at niwa.cri.nz
Thu Feb 21 19:26:04 EST 2002
> > we must all try to make our publications freely available on the
> > internet - it's called "self-archiving",
> Is copyright an issue with this? It is my understanding that, as part of
> the publication process, we transfer copyright to the journal that
> publishes our work. This would mean that photocopying a paper for
> distribution would be illegal, as would distributing electronic copies.
But of course. Online distribution requires pre-planning and negotiation
with the publisher (read the fine print on your favourite journal). After all an
official PDF from the publisher is what people want.
I believe there is a trend to some loosening of this publisher stranglehold.
Then there are also preprints. Also publishers are going to have a hard
time tracking people who get hold of a PDF of their own published paper
and distribute it on demand by e-mail. That's almost the same as
photocopying & mailing which everyone does without thought. One could
also do a CD-Rom collected reprints to save on postage. But putting a
copyright article on a web page without permission may not be a good idea
if you prefer to keep out of trouble.
> Perhaps journals should offer "electronic reprints."
They do. Just about anything is available - for a price.
Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>
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