Evolving Publisher Copyright Policies On Self-Archiving

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Sat Dec 4 14:08:21 EST 2004


On Sat, 4 Dec 2004, Sally Morris (ALPSP) wrote:

> the so-called Harnad-Oppenheim [H-O] solution [is]
> contrary to the spirit, even if not the letter, 
> of agreements with publishers.

I should hope so! For denying research access to any would-be
users who cannot afford to pay for access is contrary to the spirit of
research, contrary to the interests of researchers, their employers and
their funders,  and, since the advent of the Web, no longer necessary.

Moreover, since today (in 2004) 92% of journals have already
revised their agreements to make author self-archiving consonant
with both their spirit *and* their letter
    http://romeo.eprints.org/stats.php 

 -- (partly, I like to think, as a consequence of
the explicit formulation of the H-O strategy (2000)
    http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/0541.html
which was intended more as a reductio-ad-absurdum than as an actual
practice, and was already implicit in the 1994 "Subversive Proposal"
    http://www.arl.org/scomm/subversive/toc.html 
as well as in the don't-ask/don't-tell de-facto self-archiving practice
that had already been going on spontaneously since the late 1980's) -- 

the H-O is by now mostly moot, it's mostly-conceptual job done.

Stevan Harnad

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