Re: On the Need to Take Both Roads to Open Access

From: Jean-Claude Guédon <jean.claude.guedon_at_UMONTREAL.CA>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2004 08:23:47 -0500

I fully support this attitude.

Jean-Claude Guédon

Le 27 Février 2004 04:58, Barbara Kirsop a écrit :
> Working with ICT and development, and specifically with refereed
> research literature, we strongly support Stevan's message regarding the
> imbalance between OAPub ["gold"] and OAArch ["green"], both in the
> debates in this list and in the general media coverage of OA.
> [BOAI-2 ("OAPub" "gold"): Publish your article in a suitable
> open-access journal whenever one exists.
> BOAI-1 ("OAArch" "green"): Otherwise, publish your article in a
> suitable toll-access journal and also self-archive it.]
> Of course, ALL OA support is greatly welcomed, but OAPub will take some
> time to achieve. For those in the developing world who cannot wait, we
> are doing all we can to raise awareness about the opportunities offered
> by OAArch, by writing, talking, organising workshops for establishing
> archives .... Bioline International is doing sterling work showing the
> way by archiving all the 24 developing country journals it currently
> distributes -- --. But more help is needed
> from the international scientific community.
> We would like to call on all those commited to the OA movement to
> redress the balance in your promotional activities by explaining to all
> that with OAArch nothing else need change. All organisations, including
> developing country institutes, can archive their refereed published
> research as soon as they have set up their own archives or, even easier,
> can use one of the other interoperable archives already established. At
> a stroke, the S to N, N to S and S to S knowledge gaps can begin to
> close. No need to worry about the fate of established journals, no need
> to worry about economic models, no need to worry about
> costs/workload/quality/ - no need to change anything else atall.
> Scholarly publishing continues in its well known and reliable path.
> Perhaps the other argument that will most pursuade researchers in the
> developed world is that the 'missing' research is essential for their
> own research too. They think they know it all, but search for 'gene',
> say, through the yet embryonic Bioline archive and the results will
> show that they do not. Search for 'malaria' in the main Bioline
> site -- -- and a wealth of important data
> emerges. Developing country knowledge is essential for us all. The other
> most pursuasive argument to encourage archiving by scientists and their
> institutes in the developed world is the greatly increased impact of
> everyone's archived research --
> --.
> This is what all scientists, and every institute funding their work,
> most want. Why hide their achievements when institutional archiving is
> available to all?
> The OAPub route will progress and the economic debate will be resolved
> over time, but the OAArch can happen now and we owe it to our scientific
> colleagues in the less priviledged countries - and to ourselves - to
> 'just do it'. Ideas as to how to speed up this reform would be very
> welcome from subscribers to this list.
> Subbiah Arunachalam, Trustee EPT, MS Swaminathan Institute, Chennai
> Leslie Chan, Trustee EPT, University of Toronto
> Barbara Kirsop, Secretary EPT, UK
> Electronic Publishing Trust for Development
> <>
> ----------------------------------------------------------
> Prior Threads:
> On the Need to Take Both Roads to Open Access
> The Green Road to Open Access: A Leveraged Transition
> The Green and Gold Roads to Open Access

Jean-Claude Guédon
Littérature comparée, Université de Montréal
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