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From: Alexei Koudinov <>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2003 11:31:04 +0000

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your appreciation that earlier today I attempted to provide
my argument to discuss Dr. Stevan Harnad "Draft letter for institutions
to sign to implement Berlin declaration" dated 25 December 2003.

I did not intend to "going on and on about BiomedCentral" as Dr. Harnad
justified (see below).

I think that what might cause such thinking is a moderation-born erratic
"Prior Amsci Thread" stamp: "Re: BioMed Central and new publishing

Please be sure that what I discuss in both letters is the statement in
Item 8 of Dr. Harnad draft letter that "New "open-access" journals can
recover their costs by charging the author-institution for each outgoing
article they publish". I argue that "Open access" does not necessarily
mean "charging the author or institution", and explain why.

Not moderated [by Amsci] version of both letters are available at ARL SOAF archive:
1st letter: <>
2nd letter: <>
(2nd letter is a response on
<> Dr.Harnad reply
on my 1st letter)


Alexei Koudinov, MD, PhD

Competing interest declaration: I do not have any competing financial
interest. I am a founding, managing and publishing editor of the
<>Neurobiology of Lipids, an unpaid
position. Neurobiology of Lipids (ISSN 1683-5506) has no affiliation
with any professional association, publisher, industry member, commercial
enterprise, public, educational or government organization. The viewpoint
presented in the cited above letters is my personal view.

At 07:11 PM 12/26/2003 +0000, Stevan Harnad wrote:
> Alexei Koudinov is tilting at the wrong target: The target is
> open-access provision for the 2,500,000 yearly articles in the world's
> 24,000 journals. We will not reach that target faster if we spend our
> time quarreling with the few journals (<1000) that provide open access
> already! 23,000 journals-worth of articles -- 2,400,000 -- still await
> open-access. Why is Alexei going on and on about BiomedCentral?
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