Re: Open Access Does Not require Republishing and Reprinting

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 00:10:17 +0000

Michael Eisen wrote:

> True open access is not an obstacle or a distraction from achieving free
> access - it is our quickest path to achieving it.

I would be extremely interested to hear exactly how telling (currently
sluggish) authors who are contemplating self-archiving in order to provide
"it" (we must not equivocate on whether "it" is OA or just FA!) for their
articles that self-archiving them is not enough -- not even finding
a green publisher (who supports self-archiving) is enough; they must
also negotiate republishing/reprinting rights; or find a gold journal --
how having to do any of that extra stuff makes for the quickest path to
achieving it.

I think the quickest path to achieving "it" is to just go ahead and
self-archive, right now.

Stevan Harnad

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