Re: Pit-Bulls vs. Petitions: A Historic Time for Open Access

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2007 10:15:43 +0000

Another appeal to stop the endless bickering in the pits, on both
sides. We've been doing it for years and it does not resolve anything.
A practical solution is at hand that will almost certainly usher in
100% OA: Let us focus on getting the OA self-archiving mandates
adopted worldwide, now; nothing else matters any more. -- SH

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Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2007 15:21:22 -0800
From: Alexander Klimchouk <klims --->
To: BOAI Forum <>
Subject: Re: [BOAI] Pit-Bulls vs. Petitions: A Historic Time for Open Access

Dear Dr Stevan Harnad,

First, let me thank you very much for pushing hard the critically
important OA matter. The recent developments are really exciting, and
hopefully will soon lead to radical improvements in scientific
publishing and access.

Below is a copy of a message distributed yesterday through the
world-wide community of karst and cave scientists in support of the
Petition. This community has particularly strong reasons to support
the OA movement, and it is well organized globally to considerably
contribute towards the the Petition and initiatives alike.

Keep up your great work!


--Alexander Klimchouk

*******************(copy of the call to a karst/cave community)*****

Dear Colleaques,

I'd like to draw your attention to, and encourage you to join,

the "Petition for guaranteed public access to publicly-funded research

directed to the European Commission, opened for joining on January 17,
2007 and already signed by over 13,862 individuals and organisations.

The petition is sponsored by a consortium of European organisations --
JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee, UK), SURF (Netherlands),
SPARC Europe, DFG (Deutsches Forschungsgemeinschaft, Germany), DEFF
(Danmarks Elektroniske Fag- og Forskningsbibliotek, Denmark),
to demonstrate support for the policy of providing Open Access to
research results on the part of the European and worldwide research
community. Signatures may be added by individual researchers or
universities and research institutions.

This is an important part of an active ongoing global movement for
free and open access to research results.

I think that the principles of Open Access to scientific information
are particularly important for the karst/cave community. This is
because much of studies in our area is being done by researchers and
explorers which are not necessarily affiliated with major scientific
institutions capable to pay for access to research results.. - much of
which were produced by publicly-funded or voluntary-driven (especially
in our area) projects. This problem is particularly severe for
scholars in countries where funding for science is not very abundant
(in fact, georgaphically, the most of the world).

I feel that karst and cave researchers may have many reasons to
actively support the Open Access initiatives.

Best wishes!


--Alexander Klimchouk
Speleogenesis and Evolution of Karst Aquifers,
An Open Access no-payment journal,
subsidized and collaboratively produced
by the scientific community since 2003

Dr.Alexander Klimchouk
Director, Ukrainian Institute of Speleology and Karstology
P.O.Box 136, Kiev-30, 01030, Ukraine

Currently (until April 2007):
Natl. Cave & Karst Research Institute (USA)
Cave and Karst Studies Program
Earth and Environmental Sciences Dept.
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801 USA
Office: +1-505-835-6168
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