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
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