Please Commit To Providing Green OA Before Committing To Pay For Gold OA

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum_at_GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 08:19:45 -0400

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Re: Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity

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I've said this so often now, unheeded, that all I can do is echo it yet again:

Regardless of the size of the asking price ("reasonable" or
unreasonable), it is an enormous strategic mistake for a university or
research funder to commit to pre-emptive payment of Open Access
Journal Publishing fees (Gold OA) until and unless the university or
funder has first mandated Green OA self-archiving for all of its own
published journal article output (regardless of whether published in
OA or non-OA journals).

There are so far five signatories to the "Compact for Open-Access
Equity." Two of them have mandated Green OA (Harvard and MIT) and
three have not (Cornell, Dartmouth, Berkeley). Many non-mandating
universities have also been committing to the the pre-emptive SCOAP3

If Harvard's and MIT's example is followed, and Green OA mandates grow
globally ahead of Gold OA commitments, then there's no harm done.

But if it is instead pre-emptive commitments to fund Gold OA that
grow, at the expense of mandates to provide Green OA, then the
worldwide research community will yet again have shot itself in the
foot insofar as universal OA -- so long within its reach, yet still
not grasped -- is concerned.

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