[PET] Open Access?

Ben Laurie ben at links.org
Thu Jun 14 16:12:32 BST 2012


On Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 4:03 PM, Adam Shostack <adam at homeport.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 11:35:34AM +0100, Ben Laurie wrote:
> | On Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM, Nikita Borisov <nikitab at cs.berkeley.edu> wrote:
> | > I would prefer not to have such a restriction. I know a number of people
> | > (several on this list, surely) who have opted not to provide *review*
> | > services for non-open-access venues, but I don't know of anyone who has
> | > decided not to publish in non-OA venues.
> |
> | Me :-)
>
> I believe that Larry Lessig has chosen to only publish in open access
> journals.  This http://www.openaccesspledge.com/?page_id=21 says the
> pledge is offline, and points to this post
> http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/2005/03/lawrence-lessig-takes-oa-pledge.html.
> It also lists others who have made such pledges.
>
> | > I think even if there are such
> | > people on this list, they would form a small minority. Overall, I think the
> | > pressure one would exert on publishers towards open access by implementing
> | > such a CFP forwarding policy would be minimal and its benefits would be
> | > outweighed by failing to get potentially relevant CFP information to PET
> | > list members.
> |
> | In other words, you support the business of taking publicly funded
> | research and tying it up in commercial agreements?
>
> I am in favor of only sending open access calls for papers, but
> recognize that I'm in the pleasant (for me) position of not needing to
> publish in academic journals to advance my career.

They only need to publish in non-open journals because as a group they
decline to ditch the sharks!

> Ben, I recognize that you may not want to provide a subsidy to those
> venues that close access to valuable work.  Since you, like Elsevier
> and Springer, offer a valuable service to the community, you could
> invoice the publisher of each non-open-access volume for advertising
> services?  ;)

That's a splendid idea. :-)


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