Re: Directory of Open Access Journals

From: Jan Velterop <jan_at_BIOMEDCENTRAL.COM>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 12:28:55 -0000

Of course, if anyone can sell the very same stuff that's also freely
available in open access, then good luck to him/her. I'd call that
'soliciting for donations', and it goes without saying that that's
permitted. No need to say it.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stevan Harnad []
> Sent: 15 January 2004 14:52
> Subject: Re: Directory of Open Access Journals
> On Thu, 15 Jan 2004, Jan Velterop wrote:
> > My suggestion:
> > "Journals that charge anybody for access to the online
> > version of research articles, or erects other access barriers
> > such as compulsory registration, anytime, anywhere, are not
> > included. (Charging only for the parallel print edition is
> > acceptable.)"
> Jan's version is definitely better than mine. (I had forgotten about
> tricks like compulsory registration!) But the wording still does not
> quite work. We need to exclude any access-charge and any gerrymandered
> access but I believe (strongly) that we need not and should
> not exclude
> the following:
> You are a journal publisher. You commit to making the full-text
> contents of all your articles accessible online immediately,
> permanently
> and directly (i.e., no registration barrier, no gerrymandered
> ebrary-style
> interface or download) to all web-users, no strings attached
> AND (not BUT, AND)
> you also sell another edition, either on paper or online, for tolls,
> to those who can and do pay them.
> I see no reason (nothing to be gained) for denying such a publisher
> the golden "OA" label! Whereas I do see the loss of many potential OA
> publishers who are deterred by the fact that we declare that
> committing
> to providing permanent OA to all their contents is not
> enough: they must
> also renounce all parallel efforts to recover costs through tolls!
> I strongly urge that it be made clear that (ungerrymandered) OA
> provision to all of its articles by the journal is all that
> is required
> to make a journal an OA journal. The journal's cost-recovery model and
> methods are not part of the definition of either OA or OA publishing.
> Only OA provision is.
> We are trying to effect a transition here, as soon as possible.
> Arbitrary ideological barriers are not a practical help in this.
> The endstate will be what we all desire, but let us not get needlessly
> restrictive while the cupboard"s still bare!
> Stevan Harnad
> NOTE: A complete archive of the ongoing discussion of providing open
> access to the peer-reviewed research literature online (1998-2004)
> is available at the American Scientist Open Access Forum:
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Unified Dual Open-Access-Provision Policy:
    BOAI-2 ("gold"): Publish your article in a suitable open-access
            journal whenever one exists.
    BOAI-1 ("green"): Otherwise, publish your article in a suitable
            toll-access journal and also self-archive it.

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