Re: PostGutenberg Copyrights and Wrongs for Give-Away Research

From: Thomas J. Walker <tjwalker_at_MAIL.IFAS.UFL.EDU>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 08:43:48 -0400

At 11:38 AM 6/22/2001 +0100, Stevan wrote:
>The American Physical Society version of this same basic arrangement is
>at :
> "The author(s) shall have the following rights: The author(s)
> agree that all copies of the Article made under any of these
> following rights shall include notice of the APS copyright...
> ....
> (3) The right, after publication by APS, to use all or part of
> the Article without revision or modification, including the
> APS-formatted version, in personal compilations or other
> publications of the author's own works, including the author's
> personal web home page, and to make copies of all or part of the
> Article for the author's use for lecture or classroom purposes.
> (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. Any such posting made or updated
> after acceptance of the Article for publication shall include a
> link to the online abstract in the APS journal or to the entry
> page of the journal.
>[I might add only that the distinction between "personal web home page"
>and "e-print servers" is silly, incoherent, and hence untenable, but it
>makes no difference, if it makes some people happy to put it that way...]

There is distinction that to many authors may be important:

E-print servers that are well stocked are a somewhat more convenient place
to look for particular articles compared to hunting down the authors' home
pages and looking there. Of greater consequence, researchers who are not
looking for articles by the authors in question may find articles by them
on that well-stocked e-print server, like them, and use them.

It would be interesting and possibly profit-making if APS would give their
authors the opportunity to pay a fair price for APS putting their fully
formatted articles on It would also give APS a source of
revenue should their subscriptions falter.

Tom W.

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
Received on Wed Jan 03 2001 - 19:17:43 GMT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.0 : Fri Dec 10 2010 - 19:46:09 GMT