Gold *includes* green - access to Gold is not limited to any platform, database, publisher

From: Velterop, Jan, Springer UK <Jan.Velterop_at_SPRINGER.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 11:33:47 +0100

It seems as though Keith misunderstands Gold OA, unfortunately. Gold
comes with Green. Access to Gold is not limited to any platform,
database, publisher. Gold includes everything that Green offers, and
more, without delay or embargo, without having to rely on unofficial,
draft, author versions, but with the full, formally published version.
The reverse is not so.

Jan Velterop

-----Original Message-----
From: KG (Keith)
Subject: Re: [BOAI] Re: Green OA is no threat to grants: Only Gold OA, today, might be

All -

 From a selfish point of view my arguments against OA Gold are as follows:

1. COST: on currently declared prices OA Gold would cost my institution
at least 3 times more than the current subscription model (I know all
gold journals say prices will come down but all evidence of past
behaviour by publishers is to the contrary);

2. EASE OF ACCESS: with gold OA availability in many different
storage/retrieval systems (1 per publisher) researcher time is wasted
doing multiple separate searches.  Past attempts by companies to provide
a one-stop-shop portal have failed because publishers keep on changing
their interfaces / APIs

3. CONTEXT: with gold OA publications in the databases of commercial
publishers it is extremely difficult to provide the researcher or other
end-user with integrated access from the publication to the research
datasets, software etc related to the publication and also to the CRIS
(Current Research Information System) data such as project, participants,
organisations, facilities, equipment, events, patents, products etc etc
which describe the context of the research (see CERIF under

With OA-green NOW all of these difficulties are overcome and researchers
(and for that matter innovators/intermediaries/entrepreneurs, research
policymakers and the media) get much better access to the research
outputs.  We currently run a Green IR ( ) with pre- and
postprints and grey literature.  We have tested the linkages mentioned
above but they are not yet in full production.

There are other arguments about decomposing the workflow of research
output and paying for the parts that are necessary in a competitive open
market but if I go down that route Stevan will (rightly) criticise me for
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