Re: Should Publishers Offer Free-Access Services?

From: Thomas J. Walker <tjw_at_GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2000 09:33:42 -0400

Here is an item from the April 2000 Newsletter of the Entomological Society
of America (ESA) at


ESA now offers authors an unlimited supply of electronic reprints
(e-prints) of their articles for 25% less than the price of 100 paper
reprints. Authors who purchase e-prints can increase their article's
readership by giving readers immediate free Web access to the article.

ESA is perhaps the first scientific publisher to take this step to
determine if free, immediate, and unlimited Web access for readers is
something for which authors are willing to pay.

ESA's electronic reprints are PDF files posted on the ESA website
( as soon as the printed issues are mailed, and
are hyperlinked to each journal's Table of Contents. The PDF icon on the
Contents page indicates which articles are available electronically. PDF
files can be read with Adobe Acrobat Reader, available free from

Purchasing e-prints allows authors to:

o print as many copies of their article as they wish;

o quickly and easily send their article to others as an e-mail attachment;

o permit colleagues, institutions, or others to post the reprint, or link
to the author's web site or ESA's server; and

o post their article on their own web page, and submit the URL to search
engines such as Yahoo or AltaVista to further increase its readership.

The pricing schedule for e-prints is included with the information packet
sent to authors with their page proofs. Take advantage of this economical
and convenient service and publish with ESA.


Although the items says "perhaps" I believe that ESA is the first and still
the only journal publisher that facilitates immediate, totally free Web
access to articles for which the authors have paid a fair price for the

[Please note that the PDF file provides a faithful copy of the archived
version of the article. Please note further that ESA hopes to soon include
immediate posting on PubMed Central as part of the service.]

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
Received on Mon Jan 24 2000 - 19:17:43 GMT

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