Re: UK Select Committee Inquiry into Scientific Publication

From: David Goodman <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 15:59:41 -0400

Charles, I agree that, if pressure is to be applied, this is probably the wrong place to apply it. I cannot see how it would work without significant subsidies--they would then be subsidizing the UK publishers to publish work from other countries. Alternatively, it would risk the migration of the industry elsewhere.
I have commented that I dislike cumpulsory moves by governments, but the least harmful way to apply it, is to specify that only OA articles will be taken into account in future appointments and grants decisions.
I have promised myself not to think about this further till the 20th.

Dr. David Goodman
Associate Professor
Palmer School of Library and Information Science
Long Island University

(and, formerly: Princeton University Library)

-----Original Message-----
From: American Scientist Open Access Forum on behalf of Charles Oppenheim
Sent: Mon 7/12/2004 8:30 AM
Subject: Re: UK Select Committee Inquiry into Scientific Publication

    Re: UK Select Committee Inquiry into Scientific Publication

According to yesterday's "Observer" newspaper,,9174,1258849,00.html
the committee will recommend that legislation be introduced to force
all UK publishers to use an OA route, but I have to say I found that
notion incredible.

Professor Charles Oppenheim
Department of Information Science
Loughborough University
Leics LE11 3TU
(fax) 01509-223053
Received on Mon Jul 12 2004 - 20:59:41 BST

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