Re: When is a Journal Open Access?

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 21:25:47 +0000

On Fri, 1 Dec 2006, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:

> (a) Is Molbank an Open Access journal?
> (b) If yes, who has made this decision? (b1) the publisher or (b2) DOAJ?
> (c) Has DOAJ reviewed Molbank's license(s) and
> other statements and deemed them to be compatible with its own criteria
> (d) Does the DOAJ consider its declaration to be
> equivalent to the BOAI? Do readers of this list?
> If so, why are significant parts omitted and can
> they now be explicitly replaced?

The DOAJ definition of OA is better than the BOAI one (which contains
too many unnecessary as well as redundant requirements). The best
definition of an OA article (sic) is one whose full text is free online
immediately and permanently upon publication. The rest comes with the
(free online) territory and does not even need to be specified. No
special extra license needed. And it is a mistake to conflate article
archiving and its needs with data archiving and its needs.

    "Free Access vs. Open Access" (began Aug 2003)

     "On the Deep Disanalogy Between Text and Software and Between Text
     and Data Insofar as Free/Open Access is Concerned"

    "Making Ends Meet in the Creative Commons" (Jun 2004)

    "Open Access Data Archiving: A Complement to Article-Archiving"
    (Mar 2005)

Stevan Harnad
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