Re: Evolving Publisher Copyright Policies On Self-Archiving

From: Donat Agosti <>
Date: Sun, 7 Nov 2004 17:25:52 +0000

> P.S. Even for those who are Creative Commons (CC) License advocates
> first, and OA advocates only second, your own objectives -- eminently
> worthwhile and highly desirable and beneficial as they are -- would be
> far better served if you advised those whose first concern is OA for the
> 2.5 million annual articles in the world's 24,000 peer-reviewed journals
> to self-archive their own articles now. The very best way to prepare the
> road for CC in this special domain (refereed journal articles) is to first
> attain 100% OA. It will all be downhill for CC from there. But not from
> here -- and especially if premature (and unnecessary) calls for CC (in
> this special domain, unlike music, software, film and trade publication)
> help to delay attaining immediate 100% OA!

I am not a believer in serial arrangements, but rather parallel. I am
for multitasking in this issue. We need asap the largest possible amount
of open access publications to show its impact on our research, and to
produce a 'fait accompli'. We need to work out initiatives such as the
various Commons (e.g. the Creative Commons will be launched on November
20 at the occasion of the World Conservation Congress in Bangkok: See eg

which hopefully will be another push for OA from yet again a different direction).

I also believe everybody should do what she can do best - that is the
best use of our sparse resources, since we all want to have open access

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