[PET] Open Access?

Steven Bellovin smb at cs.columbia.edu
Fri Jun 15 01:34:35 BST 2012

On Jun 14, 2012, at 11:12 AM, Ben Laurie wrote:

> 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, for faculty members the problem is more complex.  It's not (or not just)
that we ourselves need to publish, we also need to provide our students with
the maximum possible high-quality venues.  I'm free to make my own decisions;
I'm not free to make decisions for my students.

		--Steve Bellovin, https://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb

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