Re: Wrong Advice On Open Access: History Repeating Itself

From: Sally Morris (Morris Associates) <"Sally>
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 13:09:03 -0000

Since when was solar and wind energy free (any more than quality-controlled
and value-added research literature!)?


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-----Original Message-----
From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
Behalf Of Leslie Carr
Sent: 31 October 2009 08:38
Subject: Re: Wrong Advice On Open Access: History Repeating Itself

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 9:45 AM, Noel, Robert E. <>
> Anyway, others have devoted much more time and energy to this topic
> than I have, but I'm skeptical of recommendations that bluntly
> reject other strategies from the outset. ... It's tantamount to
> engineers and scientists recommending to policy makers that solar
> and wind energy are viable alternatives that will reduce a country's
> dependence on oil, but research into biofuels, maglev trains, and
> clean coal is utter nonsense, and reducing individual energy
> consumption by changing lifestyles is a sham, and in fact
> counterproductive.

Bob's analogy would be more accurate if it were expressed as one group
of people recommending solar and wind energy versus another group of
people campaigning for cheaper oil. Open Access is about a fundamental
shift to non-toll-access literature made possible by the Web; others
are simply petitioning for less extortionate tolls.
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