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[BOAI] Cameo Replies to Beall's List of Howlers

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:00:43 -0500


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And now, a few deadpan rejoinders to just the most egregious of
Beall<http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/525/514>\'s
howlers:

*"ABSTRACT: While the open-access (OA) movement purports to be about 
making
scholarly content open-access, its true motives are much different. The OA
movement is an anti-corporatist movement that wants to deny the freedom of
the press to companies it disagrees with. The movement is also actively
imposing onerous mandates on researchers, mandates that restrict individual
freedom. To boost the open-access movement, its leaders sacrifice the
academic futures of young scholars and those from developing
countries, pressuring them to publish in lower-quality open-access
journals. The open-access movement has fostered the creation of numerous
predatory publishers and standalone journals, increasing the amount of
research misconduct in scholarly publications and the amount of
pseudo-science that is published as if it were authentic science."*

There are two ways to provide OA: Publish your article in an OA journal
(Gold OA) - or -
Publish in any journal you freely choose, and self-archive your final
peer-reviewed draft in your institution's OA repository (Green OA).

*"The open-access movement isn't really about open access. Instead, it is
about collectivizing production and denying the freedom of the press from
those who prefer the subscription model of scholarly publishing. It is an
anti-corporatist, oppressive and negative movement, one that uses young
researchers and researchers from developing countries as pawns to
artificially force the make-believe gold and green open-access models to
work. The movement relies on unnaturalmandates that take free choice away
from individual researchers, mandates set and enforced by an onerous cadre
of Soros-funded European autocrats=85"*

Green OA provides online access to peer-reviewed research for all potential
users, not just those ate subscribing institutions.

With Green OA mandated, those who wish to continue paying subscriptions
(and can afford to) are free to keep on paying them for as long as they
like.

Publish in any journal you freely choose, and self-archive your final
peer-reviewed draft in your institution's OA repository (Green OA).

*"The open-access movement is a failed social movement and a false 
messiah,
but its promoters refuse to admit this. The emergence of numerous predatory
publishers =96 a product of the open-access movement =96 has poisoned schol=
arly
communication, fostering research misconduct and the publishing of
pseudo-science, but OA advocates refuse to recognize the growing
problem. By instituting a policy of exchanging funds between researchers
and publishers, the movement has fostered corruption on a grand
scale. Instead of arguing for openaccess, we must determine and settle on
the best model for the distribution of scholarly research, and it's clear
that neither green nor gold open-access is that model=85"*

There are two ways to provide OA: Publish your article in an OA journal
(Gold OA) - or -
Publish in any journal you freely choose, and self-archive your final
peer-reviewed draft in your institution's OA repository (Green OA).

*"Open access advocates think they know better than everyone else and want
to impose their policies on others. Thus, the open access movement has the
serious side-effect of taking away other's freedom from them. We observe
this tendency in institutional mandates. Harnad (2013) goes so far as to
propose [an]=85Orwellian system of mandates=85 documented [in a] table of
mandate strength, with the most restrictive pegged at level 12, with the
designation "immediate deposit + performance evaluation (no waiver
option)".*

Publish in any journal you freely choose, and self-archive your final
peer-reviewed draft in your institution's OA repository (Green OA).

*"A social movement that needs mandates to work is doomed to fail. A 
social
movement that uses mandates is abusive and tantamount to academic slavery.
Researchers need more freedom in their decisions not less. How can we
expect and demand academic freedom from our universities when we impose
oppressive mandates upon ourselves?=85"*

Publish in any journal you freely choose, and self-archive your final
peer-reviewed draft in your institution's OA repository (Green OA).

(Perhaps a publish-or-perish<http://www.ercim.eu/publication/Ercim_News/enw=
64/harnad.html>
mandate,
too, is academic slavery? Or a 
"show-up-for-your-lectures-or-you're-fired"
mandate? Or a mandate to submit CVs digitally instead of in print? Or not
smoke on the premises?)

*"[F]rom their high-salaried comfortable positions=85OA advocates... 
demand
that for-profit, scholarly journal publishers not be involved in scholarly
publishing and devise ways (such as green open-access) to defeat and
eliminate them=85"*

Green OA provides online access to peer-reviewed research for all potential
users, not just those at subscribing institutions.

With Green OA mandated, those who wish to continue paying subscriptions
(and can afford to) are free to keep on paying them for as long as they
like.

If and when globally mandated Green OA makes subscriptions unsustainable,
journals will cut out inessential products and services (such as print
edition, online edition, access-provision and archiving) and their costs,
and downsize <http://www.dlib.org/dlib/july10/harnad/07harnad.html> to
providing peer review alone, paid for, per outgoing institutional article,
out of the institution's incoming journal subscription cancellation savings=
.

*"OA advocates use specious arguments to lobby for mandates, focusing only
on the supposed economic benefits of open access and ignoring the value
additions provided by professional publishers. The arguments imply that
publishers are not really needed; all researchers need to do is upload
their work, an action that constitutes publishing, and that this act
results in a product that is somehow similar to the products that
professional publishers produce=85."*

Green OA is the peer-reviewed draft. Subscriptions pay for peer review
today. If cancelled, the savings will pay for peer review (and any other
publisher product or service for which there is still a demand left, once
Green OA repositories are doing all the access-provision and archiving).

Beall, Jeffrey (2013) The Open-Access Movement is Not Really about Open
Access 
<http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/525/514>.*TripleC
Communication, Capitalism & Critique Journal*. 11(2): 589-597

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,ari=
al,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">And now, a few deadpan 
rejoinders t=
o just the most egregious of <a 
href=3D"http://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC=
/article/view/525/514">Beall</a>&#39;s 
howlers:</span><blockquote style=3D"=
color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-siz=
e:13px">
<em>&quot;ABSTRACT: While the open-access (OA) movement purports to 
be abou=
t making scholarly content open-access, its true motives are much different=
. The OA movement is an anti-corporatist movement that wants to deny the fr=
eedom of the press to companies it disagrees with. The movement is also act=
ively imposing onerous mandates on researchers, mandates that restrict indi=
vidual freedom. To boost the open-access movement, its leaders sacrifice th=
e academic futures of young scholars and those from developing countries,=
=A0<strong>pressuring them to publish in lower-quality open-access 
journals=
</strong>. The open-access movement has fostered the creation of numerous 
p=
redatory publishers and standalone journals, increasing the amount of resea=
rch misconduct in scholarly publications and the amount of pseudo-science t=
hat is published as if it were authentic 
science.&quot;</em></blockquote>
<span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans=
-serif;font-size:13px">There are two ways to provide OA: Publish your 
artic=
le in an OA journal (Gold OA) - or -</span><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51)=
;font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans=
-serif;font-size:13px">Publish in any journal you freely choose, and 
self-a=
rchive your final peer-reviewed draft in your institution&#39;s OA 
reposito=
ry (Green OA).</span><blockquote 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:v=
erdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<em>&quot;The open-access movement isn&#39;t really about open 
access. Inst=
ead, it is about collectivizing production and=A0<strong>denying the 
freedo=
m of the press from those who prefer the subscription model of scholarly pu=
blishing</strong>. It is an anti-corporatist, oppressive and negative 
movem=
ent, one that uses young researchers and researchers from developing countr=
ies as pawns to artificially force the make-believe gold and green open-acc=
ess models to work. The movement relies on unnatural<strong>mandates that 
t=
ake free choice away from individual researchers,</strong>=A0mandates set 
a=
nd enforced by an onerous cadre of Soros-funded European 
autocrats=85&quot;=
</em></blockquote>
<span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans=
-serif;font-size:13px">Green OA provides online access to peer-reviewed 
res=
earch for all potential users, not just those ate subscribing institutions.=
=A0</span><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvet=
ica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-s=
erif;font-size:13px"><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana=
,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">With Green OA mandated, 
those w=
ho wish to continue paying subscriptions (and can afford to) are free to ke=
ep on paying them for as long as they like.</span><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51=
,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-s=
erif;font-size:13px"><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana=
,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">Publish in any journal you 
free=
ly choose, and self-archive your final peer-reviewed draft in your institut=
ion&#39;s OA repository (Green OA).</span><blockquote 
style=3D"color:rgb(51=
,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<em>&quot;The open-access movement is a failed social movement and a 
false =
messiah, but its promoters refuse to admit this. The emergence of numerous =
predatory publishers =96 a product of the open-access movement =96 has pois=
oned scholarly communication, fostering research misconduct and the publish=
ing of pseudo-science, but OA advocates refuse to recognize the growing pro=
blem.=A0<strong>By instituting a policy of exchanging funds between 
researc=
hers and publishers, the movement has fostered corruption on a grand scale.=
</strong>=A0Instead of arguing for openaccess, we must determine and 
settle=
 on the best model for the distribution of scholarly research, and 
it&#39;s=
 clear that neither green nor gold open-access is that 
model=85&quot;</em><=
/blockquote>
<span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans=
-serif;font-size:13px">There are two ways to provide OA: Publish your 
artic=
le in an OA journal (Gold OA) - or -</span><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51)=
;font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans=
-serif;font-size:13px">Publish in any journal you freely choose, and 
self-a=
rchive your final peer-reviewed draft in your institution&#39;s OA 
reposito=
ry (Green OA).</span><blockquote 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:v=
erdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<em>&quot;Open access advocates think they know better than everyone 
else a=
nd want to impose their policies on others. Thus, the open access movement =
has the serious side-effect of taking away other&#39;s freedom from them. 
W=
e observe this tendency in institutional mandates. Harnad (2013) goes so fa=
r as to propose [an]=85<strong>Orwellian system of 
mandates</strong>=85 doc=
umented [in a] table of mandate strength, with the most restrictive pegged =
at level 12, with the designation &quot;immediate deposit + performance 
eva=
luation (no waiver option)&quot;.</em></blockquote>
<span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans=
-serif;font-size:13px">Publish in any journal you freely choose, and 
self-a=
rchive your final peer-reviewed draft in your institution&#39;s OA 
reposito=
ry (Green OA).</span><blockquote 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:v=
erdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<em>&quot;A social movement that needs mandates to work is doomed to 
fail. =
A social movement that uses=A0<strong>mandates is abusive and tantamount 
to=
 academic slavery</strong>. Researchers need more freedom in their 
decision=
s not less. How can we expect and demand academic freedom from our universi=
ties when we impose oppressive mandates upon 
ourselves?=85&quot;</em></bloc=
kquote>
<span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans=
-serif;font-size:13px">Publish in any journal you freely choose, and 
self-a=
rchive your final peer-reviewed draft in your institution&#39;s OA 
reposito=
ry (Green OA).</span><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,a=
rial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-s=
erif;font-size:13px"><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana=
,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">(Perhaps 
a=A0</span><a href=3D"=
http://www.ercim.eu/publication/Ercim_News/enw64/harnad.html" 
style=3D"colo=
r:rgb(0,51,102);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13=
px">publish-or-perish</a><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:ver=
dana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">=A0mandate, too, is 
academi=
c slavery? Or a 
&quot;show-up-for-your-lectures-or-you&#39;re-fired&quot; m=
andate? Or a mandate to submit CVs digitally instead of in print? Or not sm=
oke on the premises?)</span><blockquote 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-f=
amily:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<em>&quot;[F]rom their high-salaried comfortable positions=85OA 
advocates..=
. demand that for-profit, scholarly journal publishers not be involved in s=
cholarly publishing and devise ways (such as green open-access) to=A0<stron=
g>defeat and eliminate 
them</strong>=85&quot;</em></blockquote>
<span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans=
-serif;font-size:13px">Green OA provides online access to peer-reviewed 
res=
earch for all potential users, not just those at subscribing institutions.=
=A0</span><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvet=
ica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-s=
erif;font-size:13px"><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana=
,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">With Green OA mandated, 
those w=
ho wish to continue paying subscriptions (and can afford to) are free to ke=
ep on paying them for as long as they like.</span><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51=
,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-s=
erif;font-size:13px"><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana=
,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">If and when globally 
mandated G=
reen OA makes subscriptions unsustainable, journals will cut out inessentia=
l products and services (such as print edition, online edition, access-prov=
ision and archiving) and their costs, and=A0</span><a 
href=3D"http://www.dl=
ib.org/dlib/july10/harnad/07harnad.html" 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,51,102);font-=
family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">downsize</a><span=
 style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-seri=
f;font-size:13px">=A0to providing peer review alone, paid for, per 
outgoing=
 institutional article, out of the institution&#39;s incoming journal 
subsc=
ription cancellation savings.</span><blockquote 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51=
);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<em>&quot;OA advocates use specious arguments to lobby for mandates, 
focusi=
ng only on the supposed economic benefits of open access and ignoring the v=
alue additions provided by professional publishers. The arguments imply tha=
t publishers are not really needed;=A0<strong>all researchers need to do 
is=
 upload their work, an action that constitutes publishing</strong>, and 
tha=
t this act results in a product that is somehow similar to the products tha=
t professional publishers produce=85.&quot;</em></blockquote>
<span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans=
-serif;font-size:13px">Green OA is the peer-reviewed draft. 
Subscriptions p=
ay for peer review today. If cancelled, the savings will pay for peer revie=
w (and any other publisher product or service for which there is still a de=
mand left, once Green OA repositories are doing all the access-provision an=
d archiving).</span><br 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,ar=
ial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">
<br><div><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helve=
tica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">Beall, Jeffrey 
(2013)=A0</span><a href=3D"h=
ttp://triplec.at/index.php/tripleC/article/view/525/514">The 
Open-Access Mo=
vement is Not Really about Open Access</a><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51=
);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:13px">.</span><e=
m 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-ser=
if;font-size:13px">TripleC Communication, Capitalism &amp; Critique 
Journal=
</em><span 
style=3D"color:rgb(51,51,51);font-family:verdana,arial,helvetica=
,sans-serif;font-size:13px">. 11(2): 589-597=A0</span><br>
</div></div>

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