Re: PostGutenberg Copyrights and Wrongs for Give-Away Research

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 19:03:39 +0100

On Tue, 5 Jun 2001, Albert Henderson wrote:

> > On Wed, 30 May 2001, Albert Henderson wrote:

> The claim that one can leave the preprint in place as a somehow
> different work, after transferring the copyright is
> dangerously misleading.

The claim is only (1) that having-been-previously-self-archived-
on-the-web is NOT a violation of any copyright transfer agreement, and
(2) that once it has been archived-on-the-web, it is no longer fully
within any author's power to withdraw. So "withdrawal" is moot.

No danger; no misleading. Go ahead and self-archive your preprints,
safely sign any copyright transfer agreement after the paper is
accepted, and if the publisher will not publish the paper unless you
sign away your right to self-archive that paper, just self-archive the

Stevan Harnad
Professor of Cognitive Science
Department of Electronics and phone: +44 23-80 592-582
             Computer Science fax: +44 23-80 592-865
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton
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