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[BOAI] On archiving
From: holl AT konkoly.hu (Andras Holl)
Hi Luis, > Legally you, as a Jornal publisher, don't have any right to > prevent somebody from creating an archive of your Journal. > If that were the case, then I would have to burn my Science > journal after I read them, because by stacking them in my > bookshelf I'm creating an archive. > > "Archiving" is not one of the exclusive rights for which the > state granted you a limited-time monopoly under copyright laws. First of all, while apparently I am not legally correct, my objections were not legal. And I think the case of the electronic journals should be different. Could a library archive the full content of a subscribed electronic journal? I would be glad to have that right. But, such kind of archiving is local, and I have no objection to that. The kind of archiving in question, I feel, is different. It would involve eventual redistribution. > Some of them related to your concern for the integrity of > the information, and some of them related for some (surprising) > desire to excert control over the information. While we charge no fee for the access of our journal, we have to demonstrate to our funding agencies that their money is well spent. We think it is best achieved if the whole journal is kept on our site, and everyone has to donwload it from us. Meanwhile we take care of the availability and accessibility. > "I would not like a party starting to archive all of > my PDF files without my knowledge." > I'm asking myself: Why ? It is purely technical. It would overload our server. I do not see why should I buy a server twice as expensive, while already providing a service for the community. > Why is your concern when some other organization > redistribute your PDF files ? I have already explained my problems with redistribution. > You cannot adopt Open Access and still be obsessed with > controlling content. That is to be left to organizations > that still live with 20th century mentality, such as the > MPAA and the RIAA. > Are you going to bring lawsuits to students who decide > to redistribute your journal ? I have nothing against redistribution of any individual paper (including groups of papers), An author could deposit his/her paper in a repository, put it on his/her website. A research group could do the same with the papers they authored. Organizations publish their proceedings in our journal, and re-distribute it in their own newsletter. Universities archive papers published by their staff and students in our journal. All of that is all right. What I am against is redistributing the whole journal. It has never happened that a student wanted to do that, and I can not imagine why any student would like to. > If the concern is quality of redistribution, then you simply > have to make sure that your own redistribution is the one > with the highest quality of service for readers. In reality it is very confusing to readers that they can get the - apparently, but not truly - same material from many different sources. > If it happens that some other organization can redistribute > your files better than you do, then you shouldn't be worry > about it, you should rather send them an email with a > *Thank You* note. It has happened that organizations at a certain time could redistribute our content better, than us, and I was happy with that. It has also happened, that in one of such cases, the mirroring/translation process went wild (the automatism was not maintained any longer because people responsible left that institution), and for months garbage content was displayed. > I think you must rethink your mission. I think I have thought about my mission quite a lot. > Are you publishing a Journal in order > a) to gain reputation ? > b) bring attention to your web site ? > c) advance the progress of a field ? > If the answer is (c), then redistribution by third parties > should simply make you happy. The answer is all three, and some more too. Publishers of OpenAccess journals desire some reputation, and attention to their website might help them to provide services for free. With best regards, Andras Holl
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