It is importunate for a publisher to importune institutions or funders not to mandate
immediate deposit in the author's institutional repository, whether or not the
publisher is Gold, just as it is importunate for a publisher to importune institutions
or funders not to mandate making the immediate-deposit immediately OA.
Both are cases of subordinating the needs of research and researchers
to the needs of publishers: The tail trying to wag the dog.
As Les Carr's posting has indicated, there are software means of integrating
dowload counts at multiple sites. That's certainly preferable to compromising
the growth of worldwide OA in the interests of Gold OA start-up journals
struggling to make ends meet, by weakening their mandate-compliance
The best prospect of relief and sustainability for struggling Gold OA journals is to allow
effective Green OA self-archiving mandates to generate 100% Green OA as soon as
Then Gold OA can be paid for out of the windfall subscription cancellation savings
induced by the universal Green OA self-archiving.
Our example is of a small OA journal, now in its seventh year. We have pioneered publishing primary language material to accompany linguistic articles and locate all our collection in a DSpace repository with handles. Our funding is scraped together and covers student GAships for copy-editing and page layout of articles. Our reach is excellent and can always be improved, but we use download statistics to emulate an impact factor. In your model, author download statistics will be split between the OA journal's site and the home institution's repository. My University repository allows us to have a full citation that points to the OA article in the originating journal's repository and that would seem to be a good outcome for both your mandating institution and the struggling OA journal that needs to justify itself to its funders. I'm sorry that you think that an OA journal that is doing its best to keep producing free OA output is acting as a publisher with a 'publishers' importunate nonsense'.
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