Open Archiving: What are researchers willing to do?

D Forsdyke forsdyke1 at
Wed Nov 17 20:26:27 EST 1999

Stevan Harnad wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Nov 1999, Marvin Margoshes wrote:
> tw> From: Thomas J. Walker <tjw at GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU>
> tw> To find out what those attending my two most recent talks were willing to
> tw> do to promote free access, I asked in a questionnaire if they would...
> tw> (3) post their old articles on their home pages without permissions from
> tw> copyright-holding publishers? [80% would]
> >
> mm> Interesting that 80% said that they will break the law.
> mm> Is ignorance of the law or something else behind this?
> I think it is the very opposite of ignorance that is behind this.
> It is an awakening to what is actually at stake here for research and
> researchers, and how fundamentally different the copyright function is
> for the fee/royalty-based literature, for which it was intended, as
> opposed to the give-away literature that is at issue here: the refereed
> journal literature.
> Eighty percent indicate that they will self-archive their papers in any
> case.

Hello Dr. Harnad,
                 Actually I have been self-archiving with full approval
of publishing houses at my university site for over a year. Only one
publishing house has been a problem, Elsevier, and it says it is now
reconsidering the matter. 

                 However, there may be more out there like Elsevier.
Authors should, BEFORE submitting a paper for publication, determine
what the publisher's policy is in this respect. 

                 It would be a great service to authors if someone would
provide an easily accessible list of publishers who will permit
self-archiving with minimal strings attached (i.e. acknowledgement that
such permission has been given).


Donald Forsdyke. Discussion Leader, Bionet.journals.note

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