Re: PR's 'pit bull' takes on open access: excerpts from article in Nature Magazine

From: Bernard Lang <>
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2007 16:00:39 +0100


Certification may be very difficult, etc ...

The basic lesson of the internet is that, in all kinds of activities,
it gives a lot more flexibility and allows for the experimentation of
new models. The traditional publisher model is very inflexible, if
only because it imposes certification before dissemination (and I will
not discuss all the drawback of this constraint, that has little
advantage since anyone can disseminate anyway).

Traditional publishing prevents exploring new models that could reveal
more effective, both economically and technically.

Why is it that some good papers need 10 years to get published ?

Why is it that wikipedia has apparently attained a level of quality
comparable to that of other published encyclopedia (for articles that
are not marked as under review) ? ... And they are still refining their
development model.

This is why I spoke of freedom in my previous message : freedom to
test various models, and make them compete in the new information

It may be that some tasks (like copy editing) are better done by
specialists. But that does not imply that they should be employed by a
publisher. They could be hired, full time or part time, by other
organizations. And with the Internet, they can work for several
organizations that are not even geographically close.


Bernard Lang

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