Is ESA first?

From: Thomas J. Walker <tjw_at_GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU>
Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2000 12:47:49 -0500

In June 1999, the Entomological Society of America starting offering
authors in its journals immediate free Web access for their articles
(a.k.a. "electronic reprints"). [It accomplishes this by making the PDF
files of the articles freely accessible on its server.] In December, it
lowered the price to 75% of the price of 100 paper reprints.

ESA will soon announce to its members this new price and relatively new

Would it be correct to state in the announcement that ESA is the first
scientific society to offer its authors immediate free Web access for a
(modest) price? If not, what scientific societies preceded ESA?

[The Florida Entomological Society has been giving immediate free Web
access to its authors since 1994, but will start charging for it when
subscriptions decline.]

Tom Walker

Thomas J. Walker
Department of Entomology & Nematology
University of Florida, PO Box 110620, Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
E-mail: FAX: (352)392-0190
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