Thoughts prompted by the PLS initiative

From: Thomas J. Walker <tjw_at_GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 08:42:12 -0400

Scientific American has a four-page Web article prompted by the Public
Library of Science initiative at It is entitled
"Publish Free or Perish."

An interesting critique of the Science editors' response to the Public
Library of Science initiative is at

I suspect that as more journal articles become conveniently accessible,
without tolls, six months to a year after publication, authors of journal
articles will become increasingly willing to pay a fair price for
_immediate_ free web access (IFWA). The Entomological Society of America
is currently the only publisher that offers its authors this opportunity.

For the first two months of 2001, 44% of the authors of articles in ESA's
four principal journals paid for IFWA. For the March issue of its Journal
of Medical Entomology, 53% of authors paid. ESA is making money and their
authors are being allowed to buy something they want. Will authors in
other society-published journals have to lobby their governing boards
before being offered convenient IFWA at a fair price?

ESA's publications are at

I've posted an 800-word commentary on "Market-driven free access to journal
articles" at

Tom Walker

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