[linux-elitists] GENERAL: open-access publishing (fwd from rmichael@NORTHWESTERN.EDU)

Eugen Leitl eugen@leitl.org
Sat Dec 6 04:21:16 PST 2003


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From: Robert Michaelson <rmichael@NORTHWESTERN.EDU>
Date:         Tue, 2 Dec 2003 09:42:03 -0600
To: CHMINF-L@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU
Subject: GENERAL: open-access publishing
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The commercial sector seems to be concerned about open access, and has
published recent articles attacking it.  Last week Jan Velterop of Biomed
Central, in a message to the Reed Elsevier Customers list, pointed out an
article in IMI Insights
<http://www.epsltd.com/clients/viewIMI.asp?imiID=49> -- open to subscribers
only -- in which Arie Jongejan of Elsevier exposes what he called "myths"
of open access.  Velterop gives a cogent response in his message to that 
list.

This week, Lancet (published by Elsevier) has an article by Wiley
vice-president Brian Crawford, who claims that science could be weakened by
open access: "The primary weakness inherent in open-access models is that
they are based on authors paying for publication. As a result, science will
either have a less effective filter, or will require the introduction of
new post-publication filtering mechanisms."  The issue also has a defense
of open access by Biomed Central's Pritpal Tamber.

See http://www.thelancet.com/journal/vol362/iss9395/contents -- scroll down
to "Series". (Access to these articles is free, but it requires
registration, which takes a couple of minutes).

Bob Michaelson
Northwestern University Library
Evanston, Illinois  60208
USA
rmichael@northwestern.edu

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