Re: Critique of J-C Guedon's Serials Review article

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 31 Dec 2004 10:42:18 +0000

On Wed, 29 Dec 2004, H.M. Gladney wrote:

> It seems to me that Harnad and Guedon share a delusion: that people's
> eventual behavior will be signficantly influenced by their opinions.
> People HATE to be told what to do!

No doubt. But perhaps people can distinguish (1) a suggestion as to
what might be in their own interests -- together with the evidence and
reasoning in support of that suggestion -- from (2) simply being told
what to do.

Those who cannot distinguish between the two are rather more like the 4-year-old
who insists on playing with the light-socket despite the evidence and the reasons
that it might be in his own interest not to do so -- because he HATES to be told
what to do! (Though there's perhaps no need to put such a lurid turn on it...)

Besides, it would be researchers' employers and funders who would be telling
researchers what to do -- if they want employment, salary increases, and research
funding -- should the OA self-archiving mandates that are currently being recommended
actually be implemented (as they are beginning to be). (Employers and
funders mind less being told what to do, if it has -- as they say --
positive "resourcing implications"...)

And researchers (as I noted in the essay in question) have already *told*
us that whereas they will *not* self-archive if it is merely recommended,
they *will* self-archive -- and self-archive *willingly* -- if they are
told (by their employers and funders) to do it.

Go figure!

Last: If researchers HATE to be told what to do, they LOVE to be given choices:
And between J-C Guedon's suggestions and my own diametrically opposite ones,
there is bounteous room for the exercise of rational judgment and free-willed

Stevan Harnad

> Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2004 13:14:03 +0000 (GMT)
> From: Stevan Harnad <>
> Subject: [OAI-eprints] Critique of J-C Guedon's Serials Review article
> on Open Access
> To: BOAI Forum <>
> I have written a critique of Jean-Claude Guedon's recent Serials Review
> article:
> The "Green" and "Gold" Roads to Open Access: The Case for Mixing and
> Matching, Jean-Claude Guidon, Serials Review 30(4) 2004
> My critique is entitled: "Fast-Forward on the Green Road to Open Access: The
> Case Against Mixing Up Green and Gold
> Its full text is at:
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