Re: Author Publication Charge Debate

From: Fytton Rowland <J.F.Rowland_at_LBORO.AC.UK>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 15:41:34 -0000

I believe that paid-for secondary services like Chemical Abstracts *will*
have a place in the new world of OA. I am not convinced that give-away
software from OAI or wherever will do the whole job of search and navigation
through the literature. However, Stevan has always said that his arguments
concern the primary research literature alone, so I guess he will have no
problem with CA and its equivalents in other disciplines. Like all other
legitimate toll-access sections of the publishing industry, they will
survive if they are useful and users perceive that the cost-benefit analysis
favours their purchase. University libraries contain many things other than
research journals, and those other things will continue to be toll-access.

Fytton Rowland, Loughborough University.
Received on Tue Feb 10 2004 - 15:41:34 GMT

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