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[BOAI] Re: Wrong Advice On Open Access: History Repeating Itself
From: Steve Hitchcock <sh94r AT ecs.soton.ac.uk>
On 31 Oct 2009, at 16:05, Prof. Tom Wilson wrote: > 2, anything that props up the industry will simply delay the > inevitable and > institutional repositories prop up the industry - indeed, why else > would > publishers give permission for authors' works to be archived? > Strong advocacy > of repositories is strong advocacy of the status quo in scholarly > communication. There is, ironically, a degree of truth in this. Some see the issue as OA vs subscription journals, but in fact green OA is pivotal for non- OA journals in allowing them to participate in OA. Strategically it has been helpful to both, resulting in services such as Romeo and in mandates. Has it produced enough OA content? Clearly not yet, since the goal is 100% (all published research papers) open access. So the question becomes how to achieve the objective, bearing in mind that the target of 100% is quantitatively and qualitatively different from some OA and should focus minds on a clear strategy rather than the piecemeal approach that this discussion reveals some people wish for. We have at least been at this long enough to learn that. For those that believe IRs are the way forward to OA, the answer is to increase the primacy of institutional open access repositories by focussing on the terms institutional and access. The terms I seem to hear too often in this context are repositories and prices. That is what's propping up the industry, as Tom Wilson puts it: obfuscation and unfocussed advocacy, rather than strong advocacy. Focussing on the former will lead to a clearer analysis of the motivations of institutions and authors of target papers, to the services they require, to more OA, and more likely to 100% OA. The platform to do this is there and waiting. Steve Hitchcock IAM Group, School of Electronics and Computer Science University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK Email: sh94r AT ecs.soton.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7698 Fax: +44 (0)23 8059 2865 -- To unsubscribe from the BOAI Forum, use the form on this page: http://www.soros.org/openaccess/forum.shtml?f
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