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[BOAI] Alert: Some coordinated action from the Big Publishing Lobby in the UK & Netherlands

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Nov 2013 14:34:54 -0500


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Finch II has obviously timed its press release Monday to coincide with a
similar one from the other home-base of Reed-Elsevier, the Netherlands:

Here are some quick Google Translation excerpts from just-released the
Dutch Gold OA Manifesto, clearly timed to coincide with Finch II's
reaffirmation of its Gold preference, for which the Press Release will
appear tomorrow.

I'll comment on Finch II shortly. The publishing Lobby is obviously in
overdrive -- Gold mandates, pre-emptive payment, hybrid Gold, Extended Big
Deals to sustain current revenue levels during "transition"=85 ---

But don't worry, there is neither the money nor the imbecility worldwide to
buy into such a publisher fantasy scheme. It is no coincidence that this
drive is coming from UK & Netherlands where the big publishers and their
lobbyists are based. (in the US, all they have is the FIRST Act.) The
nuclear weapon that will defend against this is=85: The Immediate-Deposit
Mandate & Button...

Excerpts from http://t.co/BCEXH3YmCd

Sander Dekker, Secretary of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands:

"A clear choice in favour of Open Access publications; the transition
process provides the necessary speed and shortens the transition period,
thus avoiding unnecessary additional costs... .

"The Green road is the form in which the author publishes an article in a
journal. In addition, the author deposits a version of the article in Open
Access electronic archive ( repository ). There are both discipline-based
and university-based repositories. The system of paid subscriptions to
journals continues. Publishers often negotiate embargo periods that can
range from several months to several years before an article can be made
OA through a repository. During the embargo period, only the paid version
of the journal accessible. This constitutes a source of revenue for
publishers. Moreover, there are publisher restrictions on the version of an
article in the repository. Sometimes this may only be the version that has
not yet been peer reviewd...

"Netherlands is in a special position because it has a number of major
scientific publishers within its borders. That makes dialogue between
science and the Dutch publishing possible...

"In the UK, a national committee chaired by Dame Janet Finch laid the
foundation for the Open Access policy of the United Kingdom. The report of
the Commission Finch serves as a solid standard . It contains a thorough
analysis of developments and progress. The Committee notes that due to the
major changes it is imperative that all players act together and she
advises to achieve by focusing on Open Access journals. Transition
Following this advice, the British government earmarked 10 million pounds
for Open Access. The initial signs indicate that this has not led to an
accelerated transition , but rather a continuation of the transition...

"The transition to the Golden Road: My preference is for Open Access
publishing in journals  that make their articles accessible free, the
Golden road. My aim is to achieve OA within ten years: a full transition to
Open Access Golden Road by 2024. to achieve this, at least 60 percent of
the scientific publications Open Access should be available in about five
years through the Gold OA journals...

"The real change can only be achieved if we work together at the
international level with National cooperation and coordination equally
important...

"Open Access in the coming years: Dutch universities, KNAW and NWO should
give priority to Open Access Golden road...

"While the publishers have not yet made the transition to Open Access
Golden road I prefer hybrid Open Access, where the institution pays for
publication in a traditional journal...

"For disciplines where the potential for Gold Open Access journals is 
still
limited, it is possible to provide OA via the Green road...

"1. Consultation with likeminded countries: I will get in touch with a
number of like-minded countries to promote and acceleration Open Access. I
refer primarily to the United Kingdom and Germany . This is because there
are a large number of important commercial and academic publishers in the
Netherlands and in these two countries i. In addition, Denmark, Finland,
Belgium and France are leading like-minded countries...

"2. Create conditions under which open access possible: An important
momentum in the transition to Open Access publications when the scientific
organizations and major scientific publishers agree on subscriptions to
scientific journals . This 'big deals' always apply for some years=85."

"3. reports: If the parties concerned are not sufficiently committed , or
developments in insufficient progress , the minister and I imagine that the
obligation to publish  Gold OA to be included in the Law on Higher
Education in 2016 Open Access and Research Act (WHW )=85."

Sander Dekker, Secretary of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;text=
-align:-webkit-auto">Finch II has obviously timed its press release 
Monday =
to coincide with a similar one from the other home-base of Reed-Elsevier, t=
he Netherlands:</span><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;=
font-size:medium;text-align:-webkit-auto">
<br></div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:me=
dium;text-align:-webkit-auto"><div class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,6=
4,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">=
Here are some quick Google Translation excerpts from just-released the Dutc=
h Gold OA Manifesto, clearly timed to coincide with Finch II&#39;s 
reaffirm=
ation of its Gold preference, for which the Press Release will appear tomor=
row.</span></div>
<div class=3D""><div class=3D"" 
style=3D"width:0px;color:rgb(64,64,64);font=
-family:Roboto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px;background-=
color:rgb(248,248,248)">=A0</div><div class=3D"" 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,6=
4);font-family:Roboto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px;back=
ground-color:rgb(248,248,248)">
I&#39;ll comment on Finch II shortly. The publishing Lobby is obviously in 
=
overdrive -- Gold mandates, pre-emptive payment, hybrid Gold, Extended Big =
Deals to sustain current revenue levels during 
&quot;transition&quot;=85 --=
-</div>
<div class=3D"" 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,sans-=
serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px;background-color:rgb(248,248,248)"><b=
r></div><div class=3D"" 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,ari=
al,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px;background-color:rgb(248,248,=
248)">
But don&#39;t worry, there is neither the money nor the imbecility 
worldwid=
e to buy into such a publisher fantasy scheme. It is no coincidence that th=
is drive is coming from UK &amp; Netherlands where the big publishers and 
t=
heir lobbyists are based. (in the US, all they have is the FIRST Act.) The =
nuclear weapon that will defend against this is=85: The Immediate-Deposit M=
andate &amp; Button...</div>
</div><div class=3D""><br></div><div 
class=3D""><span style=3D"color:rgb(64=
,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px=
">Excerpts from=A0</span><a 
href=3D"http://t.co/BCEXH3YmCd" class=3D"" rel=
=3D"nofollow" 
style=3D"color:rgb(66,127,237);text-decoration:none;font-fami=
ly:Roboto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">http://t.co/BCE=
XH3YmCd</a><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,sans-s=
erif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">
<br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,sans-serif;font-s=
ize:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><blockquote 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0=
);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:medium;text-align:-webkit-auto;margin:0px=
 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px">
<div><div class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,=
arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">Sander Dekker, 
Secretary =
of Education, Culture and Science, 
Netherlands:</span></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D"">
<br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,sans-serif;font-s=
ize:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div 
class=3D""><span style=3D"=
color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line=
-height:18px">&quot;A clear choice in favour of Open Access 
publications; t=
he transition process provides the necessary speed and shortens the transit=
ion period, thus avoiding unnecessary additional costs... 
.</span></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">&quot;The Green road is 
the form i=
n which the author publishes an article in a journal. In addition, the auth=
or deposits a version of the article in Open Access electronic archive ( re=
pository ). There are both discipline-based and university-based repositori=
es. The system of paid subscriptions to journals continues. Publishers ofte=
n negotiate embargo periods that can range from several months to several y=
ears before an article can be made OA through a repository. During the emba=
rgo period, only the paid version of the journal accessible. This constitut=
es a source of revenue for publishers. Moreover, there are publisher restri=
ctions on the version of an article in the repository. Sometimes this may o=
nly be the version that has not yet been peer 
reviewd...</span></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">&quot;Netherlands is in a 
special =
position because it has a number of major scientific publishers within its =
borders. That makes dialogue between science and the Dutch publishing possi=
ble...</span></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">&quot;In the UK, a 
national commit=
tee chaired by Dame Janet Finch laid the foundation for the Open Access pol=
icy of the United Kingdom. The report of the Commission Finch serves as a s=
olid standard . It contains a thorough analysis of developments and progres=
s. The Committee notes that due to the major changes it is imperative that =
all players act together and she advises to achieve by focusing on Open Acc=
ess journals. Transition Following this advice, the British government earm=
arked 10 million pounds for Open Access. The initial signs indicate that th=
is has not led to an accelerated transition , but rather a continuation of =
the transition...</span></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">&quot;The transition to 
the Golden=
 Road: My preference is for Open Access publishing in journals =A0that make=
 their articles accessible free, the Golden road. My aim is to achieve OA w=
ithin ten years: a full transition to Open Access Golden Road by 2024. to a=
chieve this, at least 60 percent of the scientific publications Open Access=
 should be available in about five years through the Gold OA journals...</s=
pan></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">&quot;The real change can 
only be =
achieved if we work together at the international level with National coope=
ration and coordination equally important...</span></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">&quot;Open Access in the 
coming ye=
ars: Dutch universities, KNAW and NWO should give priority to Open Access G=
olden road...</span></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">&quot;While the publishers 
have no=
t yet made the transition to Open Access Golden road I prefer hybrid Open A=
ccess, where the institution pays for publication in a traditional journal.=
..</span></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">&quot;For disciplines 
where the po=
tential for Gold Open Access journals is still limited, it is possible to p=
rovide OA via the Green road...</span></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">&quot;1. Consultation with 
likemin=
ded countries: I will get in touch with a number of like-minded countries t=
o promote and acceleration Open Access. I refer primarily to the United Kin=
gdom and Germany . This is because there are a large number of important co=
mmercial and academic publishers in the Netherlands and in these two countr=
ies i. In addition, Denmark, Finland, Belgium and France are leading like-m=
inded countries...</span></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">&quot;2. Create conditions 
under w=
hich open access possible: An important momentum in the transition to Open =
Access publications when the scientific organizations and major scientific =
publishers agree on subscriptions to scientific journals . This &#39;big 
de=
als&#39; always apply for some years=85.&quot;</span></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">&quot;3. reports: If the 
parties c=
oncerned are not sufficiently committed , or developments in insufficient p=
rogress , the minister and I imagine that the obligation to publish =A0Gold=
 OA to be included in the Law on Higher Education in 2016 Open Access and R=
esearch Act (WHW )=85.&quot;</span></div>
</div><div><div class=3D""><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Rob=
oto,arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px"></div></div><div><div=
 class=3D""><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(64,64,64);font-family:Roboto,arial,san=
s-serif;font-size:13px;line-height:18px">Sander Dekker, Secretary of 
Educat=
ion, Culture and Science, Netherlands</span></div>
</div></blockquote></div>

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