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Free Online Access After One Year? (fwd)

Stevan Harnad harnad at cogito.ecs.soton.ac.uk
Wed Sep 27 04:13:39 EST 2000

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Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 10:10:02 +0100
From: Richard Gordon <gordonr at Ms.UManitoba.CA>
Reply-To: September 1998 American Scientist Forum
Subject: Free Online Access After One Year?

Dear Stevan,
I understand your arguments on making online access to the scientific
literature free. However, I'd like to suggest a compromise, which
some publishers might be willing to implement right away:

All online journal articles will become accessible for free at a
fixed interval after publication.

A reasonable interval might be one year. Few sales of printed
journals occur after a year, so only those people needing rapid
access (and not willing to do the work of writing for reprints or
accessing preprint depositories) would pay.

Yours, -Dick
ps: I don't have the instructions for posting this on bionet. maybe
you could do that for me?

Dr. Richard Gordon, Radiology
University of Manitoba, HSC Rm. GA216, 820 Sherbrook St.
Winnipeg R3A 1R9 Canada
phone:(204)789-3828, fax:(204)787-2080, e-mail: GordonR at ms.umanitoba.ca
New book: The Hierarchical Genome & Differentiation Waves: Novel
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