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[BOAI] May 27: 10-year Anniversary of Elsevier Green OA (No Embargo) Policy

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 09:21:23 -0400


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From: Stevan Harnad
<harnad_at_ecs.soton.ac.uk<harnad_at_ecs.soton.ac.uk?Subject=Re%3A%20Elsevier%20Gives%20Authors%20Green%20Light%20for%20Open%20Access%20Self-Archiving>
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Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 23:51:58 +0100

Elsevier has just gone from being a Romeo "Pale-Green" publisher to a 
full
Romeo Green publisher: Authors have the publisher's official green light to
self-archive both their pre-refereeing preprints and their refereed
postprints.

Elsevier has thereby demonstrated that -- whatever its pricing policy
may be -- it is a publisher that has heeded the need and the expressed
desire of the research community for Open Access (OA) and its benefits to
research productivity and progress.
http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/accessdebate/21.html

There will be the predictable cavils from the pedants and those who
have never understood the real meaning and nature of OA: "It's only the
final refereed draft, not the publisher's PDF," "It does not include
republishing rights," "Elsevier is still not an OA publisher."

I, for one, am prepared to stoutly defend Elsevier on all these counts,
and to say that one could not have asked for more, and that the full
benefits of OA require not one bit more -- from the publisher.

For now it's down to you, Dear Researchers! Elsevier (and History)
is hereafter fully within its rights to say:

    "If Open Access is truly as important to researchers as they claim it
    is -- indeed as 30,000+ signatories to the PLoS Open Letter attested
    that it was http://www.publiclibraryofscience.org/cgi-bin/plosSign.pl
 --
    then if researchers are not now ready to *provide* that Open Access,
    even when given the publisher's official green light to do so,
    then there is every reason to doubt that they mean (or even know)
    what they are saying when they clamour for Open Access."

Elsevier publishes 1,700+ journals. That means at least 200,000 articles
a year. Eprints.org will be carefully quantifying and tracking what
proportion of those 200,000 articles is made OA by their authors through
self-archiving across the next few months and years. Indeed we will be
monitoring all of the over 80% of journals sampled by Romeo that are
already green.

(The following Romeo summary stats are already out of date, because 1700
pale-green journals have now become bright green!
http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Temp/Romeo/romeosum.html
but we will soon catch up at: http://romeo.eprints.org/ [which is
under construction, waiting for full journal lists from each of the 93
publishers sampled so far].)

The OA ball is now clearly in the research community's court (not the
publishing community's, not the library community's). Let researchers
and their employers and funders now all rise to the occasion by
adopting and implementing institutional OA provision policies. Don't
just sign petitions for publishers to provide OA, but commit your own
institution to providing it:

http://www.eprints.org/signup/sign.php

Stevan Harnad

Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 03:09:39 +0100
From: "Hunter, Karen (ELS-US)" <k.hunterelsevier.com>
To: "'harnad_at_ecs.soton.ac.uk'" <harnad_at_ecs.soton.ac.uk>
Cc: "Karssen, Zeger (ELS)" <Z.Karssen_at_elsevier.nl>,
     "Bolman, Pieter (ELS)" <P.Bolman_at_elsevier.com>,
     "Seeley, Mark (ELS)" <m.seeley_at_elsevier.com>
Subject: Re: Elsevier journal list

Stevan,

[H]ere is what we have decided on post-"prints" (i.e. published 
articles,
whether published electronically or in print):

An author may post his version of the final paper on his personal web site
and on his institution's web site (including its institutional
respository).
Each posting should include the article's citation and a link to the
journal's home page (or the article's DOI). The author does not need our
permission to do this, but any other posting (e.g. to a repository
elsewhere) would require our permission. By "his version" we are 
referring
to his Word or Tex file, not a PDF or HTML downloaded from ScienceDirect -
but the author can update his version to reflect changes made during the
refereeing and editing process. Elsevier will continue to be the single,
definitive archive for the formal published version.

We will be gradually updating any public information on our policies
(including our copyright forms and all information on our web site) to get
it all consistent.

Karen

Karen Hunter
Senior Vice President, Strategy
Elsevier
+1-212-633-3787
k.hunter_at_elsevier.com

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<br>Stevan Harnad=C2=A0<br><br>Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 
03:09:39 +0100=C2=A0<=
br>From: &quot;Hunter, Karen (ELS-US)&quot; &lt;<a 
href=3D"http://k.huntere=
lsevier.com">k.hunterelsevier.com</a>&gt;=C2=A0<br>To: 
&quot;&#39;<a href=
=3D"http://harnad_at_ecs.soton.ac.uk">harnad_at_ecs.soton.ac.uk</a>&#39;&qu=
ot; &lt;<a 
href=3D"http://harnad_at_ecs.soton.ac.uk">harnad_at_ecs.soton.ac=
.uk</a>&gt;=C2=A0<br>
Cc: &quot;Karssen, Zeger (ELS)&quot; &lt;<a 
href=3D"http://Z.Karssen_at_els=
evier.nl">Z.Karssen_at_elsevier.nl</a>&gt;,=C2=A0<br>=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=
=A0=C2=A0&quot;Bolman, Pieter (ELS)&quot; &lt;<a 
href=3D"http://P.Bolman_at=
_elsevier.com">P.Bolman_at_elsevier.com</a>&gt;,=C2=A0<br>
=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0=C2=A0&quot;Seeley, Mark (ELS)&quot; 
&lt;<a href=3D=
"http://m.seeley_at_elsevier.com">m.seeley_at_elsevier.com</a>&gt;=C2=A0<br=
>Subject: Re: Elsevier journal 
list=C2=A0<br><br>Stevan,=C2=A0<br><br>[H]er=
e is what we have decided on post-&quot;prints&quot; (i.e. published 
articl=
es,=C2=A0<br>
whether published electronically or in print):=C2=A0<br><br>An 
author may p=
ost his version of the final paper on his personal web site=C2=A0<br>and 
on=
 his institution&#39;s web site (including its institutional respository).=
=C2=A0<br>Each posting should include the article&#39;s citation and 
a link=
 to the=C2=A0<br>
journal&#39;s home page (or the article&#39;s DOI). The author does not 
nee=
d our=C2=A0<br>permission to do this, but any other posting (e.g. to a 
repo=
sitory=C2=A0<br>elsewhere) would require our permission. By &quot;his 
versi=
on&quot; we are referring=C2=A0<br>
to his Word or Tex file, not a PDF or HTML downloaded from ScienceDirect -=
=C2=A0<br>but the author can update his version to reflect changes made 
dur=
ing the=C2=A0<br>refereeing and editing process. Elsevier will continue 
to =
be the single,=C2=A0<br>
definitive archive for the formal published 
version.=C2=A0<br><br>We will b=
e gradually updating any public information on our 
policies=C2=A0<br>(inclu=
ding our copyright forms and all information on our web site) to get=C2=A0<=
br>it all consistent.=C2=A0<br>
<br>Karen=C2=A0<br><br>Karen Hunter=C2=A0<br>Senior 
Vice President, Strateg=
y=C2=A0<br>Elsevier=C2=A0<br>+1-212-633-3787=C2=A0<br><a 
href=3D"http://k.h=
unter_at_elsevier.com">k.hunter_at_elsevier.com</a>=C2=A0</div></div></div>

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