Proposed change in copyright transfer practice

T80SMS1 at NIU.bitnet T80SMS1 at NIU.bitnet
Wed Sep 23 08:31:00 EST 1992


One more thought on copyright retention, then I will shut up.

Given that most scientific papers rarely get cited, why does
anyone think that publishers are gaining anything by retaining
copyright?  Yes, we pay (in one form or another) to get our
stuff published because that is the only condition under
which it will see print.  In many ways, scientific publication
is the worlds biggest vanity press :-).  Note that the publication
of scientific books works under a different set of guidelines.
When you publish a monograph YOU keep the copyright, but first
you have to convince the publisher of its marketability.

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