Re: JHEP will convert from toll-free-access to toll-based access

From: Eberhard R. Hilf <hilf_at_PHYSNET.PHYSIK.UNI-OLDENBURG.DE>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2003 17:12:15 +0200

JHEP was open and free and then sold to IoPP Inst.of Physics Publishing
which is the publisher company of IoP, and is charged according to their
rules. Thus it is no longer in the
hands of their creators, and just has the same name.

Eberhard R. Hilf, Dr. Prof.;
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On Thu, 9 Oct 2003, Stevan Harnad wrote:

> On Thu, 9 Oct 2003, Kjellberg Sara wrote:
> Thank you for your suggestion about [adding JHEP
> to the Directory of Open Access Journals ]
> but we think that JHEP is no longer an open access journal? On
> their website it says:
> > "This financial support started in January 2002. JHEP has remained
> > freely accessible throughout this year, while, as of January 2003,
> > it will be made available on a very reasonable subscription basis,
> > managed by IoPP. JHEP will thus no longer be free of charge, as
> > in the first pioneering years but an exception will be made for
> > developing and low income countries. Since the journal is not
> > cost-free users libraries will now be asked to contribute in a
> > fair and distributed fashion by paying annual fee for the new JHEP
> > archive. The archive from 1997 to 2001 will remain freely available to
> > the community." []
> >
> > Do you have any other information regarding their present solution? I
> > think it is sad that a journal, that have been free for so long, choose
> > this way to continue.
> I'm afraid I know no more. You are right: JHEP cannot be listed as an
> open-access journal.
> My interpretation is the following: This is a sign that Open Access
> Publishing may be premature. JHEP used to be an open-access journal --
> and one of the most important, fast-growing, and highest-impact
> open-access journals. But then it found it could no longer make ends
> meet and became a toll-access journal. What I would recommend to JHEP is
> that phsyicists join forces with the biologists' Bethesda Statement
> and the Wellcome Trust Statement
> which both
> propose funding to cover the costs of open-access research
> publication. NSF should be urged to do the same for Physics research,
> and then maybe JHEP will become able afford to become open-access
> again. (It had relied on subsidy rather than publication charges in its
> previous open-access incarnation.)
> But the situation with JHEP is brighter than it seems: Although JHEP is
> no longer open-access, it is nevertheless "green", i.e. it supports
> author self-archiving:
> And not ot not only does JHEP support self-archiving, but its contents,
> high-energy physics, are the ones that are by far the most advanced in
> self-archiving -- so much so that the HEP sector of the Physics ArXiv is
> virtually complete. That means that every HEP article (including all
> those in JHEP) *is* openly accessible, because they have all been
> self-archived.
> This demonstrates, yet again, that one can have open-access even without
> open-access publishing. It also demonstrates that open access can
> co-exist with toll-access: Far from preventing JHEP from converting to
> toll-access, the fact that all the self-archived open-access
> versions of its full-text contents were freely available online probably
> helped it both to achieve its prominence and to find a willing
> toll-access publisher in IOP when it needed them to make ends meet.
> I think this is still just a local phenomenon, though; we have to be
> cautious about whether it will scale: It is unlikely that 100% open-access
> for the entire refereed research literature (all 24,000 journals worth,
> across all fields) will co-exist indefinitely with toll-access as the
> means of cost-recovery.
> But the important lesson is that *it does not matter* now! All researchers
> who want open-access for their work can have it, now, without having
> to worry or wait. It does not depend on transitions in journals'
> cost-recovery models. It depends only on what the research community
> elects to do for itself!
> Stevan Harnad
> NOTE: A complete archive of the ongoing discussion of providing open
> access to the peer-reviewed research literature online is available at
> the American Scientist September Forum (98 & 99 & 00 & 01 & 02 & 03):
> or
> Discussion can be posted to:
> it, bia self-archiving
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