Re: Clarification of "parasitism" and copyright

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2002 13:19:35 +0000

On Thu, 7 Feb 2002, Chris Rusbridge wrote:

> Stevan, remember the difference between parasites and epiphytes. Parasites
> kill their hosts. That does not seem to be quite what you are saying.

Very astute point by Chris! Yes, epiphyte is the apter metaphor:
Self-archiving will not kill its host but cure it from a maladaptive and
unsustainable condition, an obsolete Gutenberg legacy. Self-archiving
will not only provide immediate open access for all, but it will force
refereed journal publishing to cut inessentials, downsize to the
essentials, and recover its costs via the natural means for this special
literature, namely, institutional peer-review costs paid per outgoing
accepted (or submitted) paper, instead of access-blocking tolls paid
per incoming journal.

Stevan Harnad
Received on Thu Feb 07 2002 - 13:19:58 GMT

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