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[BOAI] Re: The Life and Death of an Open Access Journal: Q&A with Librarian Marcus Banks
From: =?Windows-1252?Q?Gu=E9don_Jean-Claude?= <jean.claude.guedon AT umontreal.ca>
Could I, once more, ask Richard Poynder (and many others) not to confuse Gold ↵ OA and APC-Gold. APC-Gold is uncovering problems that had not been anticipated at first. Poynder ↵ mentions one in his note, and assigns it to the whole Gold OA. Predatory ↵ journals exist only because the APC-Gold business model opens the door to this ↵ odious kind od polluting and parasitic behaviour. However, and I repeat, ↵ APC-Gold is but one subset of Gold OA. Is it so difficult to understand? Just to make things very, very clear: Gold OA is agnostic with regard to ↵ business plans, and it does not limit itself to one business plan. This is a ↵ form of thinking-in-a-box that requires the breaking of the box. Jean-Claude Guédon ________________________________ De : boai-forum-bounces AT ecs.soton.ac.uk [boai-forum-bounces AT ↵ ecs.soton.ac.uk] de la part de Richard Poynder [richard.poynder AT cantab.net] Envoyé : mardi 31 mars 2015 08:10 À : boai-forum AT ecs.soton.ac.uk Objet : [BOAI] The Life and Death of an Open Access Journal: Q&A with ↵ Librarian Marcus Banks Despite their high profile advocacy for open access, many librarians have ↵ proved strangely reluctant to practice what they preach. As late as last year ↵ calls were still being made for the profession to start “walking the talk”. On the other hand, many librarians have embraced OA, particularly medical ↵ librarians. In 2001, for instance, the Journal of the Medical Library ↵ Association (JMLA) began to make its content freely available on the Internet. ↵ And in 2003 Charles Greenberg, then at the Yale University Medical Library, ↵ launched an open access journal with BioMed Central called Biomedical Digital ↵ Libraries (BDL). One of the first to join the editorial board (and later to ↵ take over as Editor-in-Chief) was Marcus Banks, who was then working at the US ↵ National Library of Medicine. Four years later, however, BDL became a victim of BMC’s decision to increase ↵ the cost of the article-processing charges (APCs) it levies. This meant that ↵ few librarians were able to afford to publish in the journal any longer, and ↵ submissions began to dry up. Despite several attempts to move BDL to a ↵ different publishing platform, in 2008 Banks had to make the hard decision to ↵ cease publishing the journal. What do we learn from BDL’s short life? In advocating for pay-to-publish gold ↵ OA did open access advocates underestimate how much it costs to publish a ↵ journal? Or have publishers simply been able to capture open access and use it ↵ to further ramp up what many believe to be their excessive profits? Why has ↵ JMLA continued to prosper under open access while BDL has withered and died? ↵ Was BDL unable to compete with JMLA on a level playing field? Could the demise ↵ of BDL have been avoided? What, if anything, does the journal’s fate tell us ↵ about the future of open access? These and other questions are discussed with Banks in a Q&A interview here: http://poynder.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/the-life-and-death-of-open-access.html -- To unsubscribe from the BOAI Forum, use the form on this page: http://mailman.ecs.soton.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/boai-forum
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