Directory of Open Access Journals
harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Thu Jan 15 09:52:08 EST 2004
On Thu, 15 Jan 2004, Jan Velterop wrote:
> My suggestion:
> "Journals that charge anybody for access to the online
> version of research articles, or erects other access barriers
> such as compulsory registration, anytime, anywhere, are not
> included. (Charging only for the parallel print edition is
Jan's version is definitely better than mine. (I had forgotten about
tricks like compulsory registration!) But the wording still does not
quite work. We need to exclude any access-charge and any gerrymandered
access but I believe (strongly) that we need not and should not exclude
You are a journal publisher. You commit to making the full-text
contents of all your articles accessible online immediately, permanently
and directly (i.e., no registration barrier, no gerrymandered ebrary-style
interface or download) to all web-users, no strings attached
AND (not BUT, AND)
you also sell another edition, either on paper or online, for tolls,
to those who can and do pay them.
I see no reason (nothing to be gained) for denying such a publisher
the golden "OA" label! Whereas I do see the loss of many potential OA
publishers who are deterred by the fact that we declare that committing
to providing permanent OA to all their contents is not enough: they must
also renounce all parallel efforts to recover costs through tolls!
I strongly urge that it be made clear that (ungerrymandered) OA
provision to all of its articles by the journal is all that is required
to make a journal an OA journal. The journal's cost-recovery model and
methods are not part of the definition of either OA or OA publishing.
Only OA provision is.
We are trying to effect a transition here, as soon as possible.
Arbitrary ideological barriers are not a practical help in this.
The endstate will be what we all desire, but let us not get needlessly
restrictive while the cupboard"s still bare!
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:
To join the Forum:
Post discussion to:
american-scientist-open-access-forum at amsci.org
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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