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[Annelida] Open access

Aida Verdes via annelida%40net.bio.net (by aida.verdes from uam.es)
Wed Feb 27 06:03:28 EST 2019

Dear Geoff, 

This issue has been raised before, and I believe everybody here would love to make our work accessible for the benefit of the scientific community and the general public, but as it was pointed out by many people in this list there are several hurdles that unfortunately prevent us from doing that. Those include the high cost of publishing open access (~2000$) and the fact that early career researchers have to take into account the impact factor and other metrics of the journals where we publish since that is how we are being evaluated for academic positions, tenure and grants. But I don’t want to go over this again, we all know how the system works and whether it is fair or not is another debate.

I just wanted to say that I appreciate you raising the issue again and pledging for open access publishing, but it might be more helpful to come up with constructive proposals, such as maybe creating an open access journal dedicated to annelid taxonomy and systematics, run by the International Polychaetology Association. Or maybe having a free repository with the preprints available for download. We could also make a list of open access journals that don’t charge publication fees for everybody to have in mind. Anyways, that’s just my two cents.


Aida Verdes, PhD
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> On Feb 27, 2019, at 5:31 AM, Geoff Read <Geoffrey.Read from niwa.co.nz> wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> Copyright bedevils our work as scientists.  In particular modern closed-access journals hamper the advance of science, and even rules surrounding access to old books on taxonomy result in some ludicrous restrictions (for example the Hathi trust digitization's are often inaccessible to almost everyone).  Some good news is that recently the well-known BHL 'nothing after 1922' restriction came to an end, at least in USA, and now the freeing-up of taxonomy should advance slowly year by year - for instance McIntosh's last Ray Society monograph (1923) MIGHT become available at BHL soon (don't know when).
> [background:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_in_public_domain#Entering_the_public_domain_in_the_United_States ]
> Modern journals are what I want to draw attention to now.  Think carefully before you publish in a closed access journal such as Zootaxa (popular though it is as a place to publish, the vast majority of Zootaxa works are not open access).  Why should people, including citizen scientists, with only a need to find out about some worm they have encountered that day, have to jump through hoops in order to track you down to read your work - if you are still alive to respond? They probably won't do it, to your detriment as well as theirs - why did you put in such a tremendous effort if few get to see the result, and even fewer cite you? However, your work should be just there for them at a click of a mouse, shouldn't it?  It's not proprietary to you (the journal owner sells it, not you), and no-one is depriving you of profits if your work is open access. Surely if anyone interested can read it then the better it is for the world.
> There are initiatives to encourage open access. Plan S requires that, from 2020, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants (in Europe) must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms.  The link below is an entry point to information about it.
> https://blog.frontiersin.org/2019/02/19/plan-s-feedback-on-implementation-guidance
> Cheers,
> Geoff Read
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