On the Need to Take Both Roads to Open Access

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Mon Jan 12 19:16:33 EST 2004

On Mon, 12 Jan 2004, Jan Velterop wrote:

> As a movement, open access could do worse than follow Stevan's strategy:
> publish in an open access journal when you can; if there is no open access
> journal for you, publish where you can and self-archive. 


    "that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
                                                -John Keats

> As a company, we have taken on the daunting task of delivering open
> access to the academic community...

Let us hope that in taking on this daunting task BMC will not do worse,
promoting only organic food and passing in silence over the part about
how to feed the starving: As long as BMC and PLoS have institututions'
and research funders' ears, they have a historic duty to tell them the
whole truth, and not just the part that is pertinent to the product they
are delivering.

Stevan Harnad

NOTE: A complete archive of the ongoing discussion of providing open
access to the peer-reviewed research literature online (1998-2004)
is available at the American Scientist Open Access Forum:
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Unified Dual Open-Access-Provision Policy:
    BOAI-2 ("gold"): Publish your article in a suitable open-access
            journal whenever one exists.
    BOAI-1 ("green"): Otherwise, publish your article in a suitable
            toll-access journal and also self-archive it.

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