Re: Should Publishers Offer Free-Access Services?

From: Thomas J. Walker <tjw_at_GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU>
Date: Fri, 5 May 2000 12:27:44 -0400

At 04:52 PM 5/5/00 +0100, Steve Harnad wrote (in part):

>Open self-archiving requires no "facilitating." And NO price is fair
>for something one can have for free. The APS (American Physical Society)
>already "facilitates" self-archiving simply by explicitly ALLOWING it;
>and the 128,000 self-archived papers in to date attest to its
>timeliness and utility:

The APS does not seem to allow the posting of its PDF files (which are
equivalent to the archived version of the articles):

"The author(s) shall have the following rights:
(4) The right to post and update the article on e-print servers as long as
    files prepared and/or formatted by APS or its vendors are not used for
    that purpose, and as long as access to the server does not depend on
    payment of access, subscription, or membership fees. Any such posting
    made or updated after acceptance of the article for publication shall
    include a copyright notice as in (3)."


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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