Re: Self-Archiving vs. Self-Publishing FAQ

From: Rick Anderson <>
Date: Fri, 12 Nov 2004 15:20:57 +0000

    Moderator's Note:
    This posting is redirected from AmSci Topic thread:
    "Drubbing Peter to Pay Paul" (2004)
    Prior AmSci Threads:
    "Self-Archiving vs. Self-Publishing FAQ" (2000)
Stevan Harnad wrote:
> The only major recommendation of the UK Select Committee
> was to mandate OA self-archiving. Yet no one (MPs, press,
> publishers or librarians) can stop going on and on about OA publishing,
> which was *not* what was being mandated!
This is a distinction without a difference. Whether you place your
article in an OA journal or deposit it in an OA archive, the result is
publication either way. In both cases, the article is being distributed
to the public (i.e., published) on an OA basis. In other words, to
mandate OA self-archiving is to mandate OA publishing -- by the author,
in cooperation with whoever manages the archive.
Rick Anderson
Dir. of Resource Acquisition
Univ. of Nevada, Reno Libraries
(775) 784-6500 x273
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