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[BOAI] PURE Nonsense (and Mischief)

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 11:10:47 -0500


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PURE is a Trojan Horse from Elsevier
<https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/pure> that (some) UK institutions 
have
allowed to enter their portals. It is a trick, by Elsevier, to insinuate
themselves into and retain control of everything they can: access, timing
of access, fulfillment of mandates, research assessment, everything. The
ploy was to sneak in via CRIS=E2=80=99s, which are systems for institutions=
 wishing
to manage and monitor their metadata on all their functions.

Notice that the following passage from KCL's OA Policy
<http://www.kcl.ac.uk/governancezone/Assets/InformationPolicies/Open%20Acce=
ss%20Policy.pdf>
makes
no mention of timing:

In internal evaluation procedures it will be expected that all publications
> considered as part of appraisal or promotional assessments, will have a
> metadata record in the Research Information System, Pure, with either the
> full text article attached and downloadable from the Research Portal, or =
a
> link to the Open Access article on the journal=E2=80=99s web site.


What Pure is in reality designed to do is to make sure that *the full text
is not openly accessible until after the publisher embargo on Open Access*.

In point of fact, the battle for OA has long shifted to the arena of
timing: The 1-year (or longer) embargo is the one to beat. Access after the
embargo elapses is a foregone conclusion (publishers have already
implicitly conceded on it, without overtly saying so). But *access
embargoed for 12 months is not OA*. Publishers want to make sure (1) there
is no OA before the embargo elapses, (2) the embargo is as long as
possible, and even after the embargo, (3) access should be via the
publisher website, or at least controlled in some way by the publisher.

That=E2=80=99s exactly what PURE + CRIS does.

And (some) UK institutions (under pressure from Finch=E2=80=99s fatal fooli=
shness =E2=80=94
likewise originating from the publisher lobby) have been persuaded that
PURE will not only provide all the OA they want, but will take a lot of
other asset-management tasks off their shoulders.

It=E2=80=99s a huge scam, masquerading as OA, and its only real function is=
 to
strengthen the perverse status quo =E2=80=94 of ceding the control of unive=
rsity
research access to publishers =E2=80=94 even more than they had before.

It won=E2=80=99t succeed, of course, because HEFCE/REF2020 has nailed down =
the
timing of full-text deposit as having to be made within 3 months of
acceptance (not publication) for eligibility for REF2020, which a metadata
promissory note from Elsevier will not fullfill. My hope is that
universities will be as anxious as they have been for 30 years now not to
risk REF ineligibility by failing to comply with this very specific
requirement.

(And the institution=E2=80=99s copy-request Button
<http://openaccess.eprints.org/index.php?/archives/1110-Importance-of-Reque=
st-Copy-Button-in-Implementing-HEFCEREF-Immediate-Deposit-Policy.html>
will
take care of the rest, as long as all full-texts are deposited within
Acceptance + 3.)

(I think it was a mistake on HEFCE/REF=E2=80=99s part to state formally tha=
t there
is no need to archive the dated acceptance letter that defines the
acceptance date, but again I trust in the anxiety of universities to comply
with REF2020 eligibility requirements to draw the rational conclusion that
is indeed within 3 months of acceptance that deposit must be done for
eligibility, and not 12 months after publication.)

As you will see from the ROARMAP data below, KCL=E2=80=99s OA policy
<http://roarmap.eprints.org/690/> alone is not compliant with the
requirement for REF2020 eligibility, and the above extract does not change
that one bit!

Best wishes,

Stevan


King's College London
GeneralCountry:Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland
<http://roarmap.eprints.org/view/country/826.html>Policymaker
type:Research organisation (e.g. university or research institution)Policym=
aker
name:King's College LondonPolicymaker URL:http://www.kcl.ac.uk/index.aspxPo=
licy
URL:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/governancezone/InformationPolicies/Open-Access-Policy.=
aspxRepository
URL:https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/Policy adoption date:16 July 2012So=
urce
of policy:Administrative/management decision
Policy TermsDeposit of item:RequiredLocus of deposit:Institutional
RepositoryDate of deposit:When publisher permitsContent types specified
under the mandate:Peer-reviewed manuscriptsJournal article version to be
deposited:Not SpecifiedCan deposit be waived?:Not specifiedMaking deposited
item Open Access:RequiredCan making the deposited item Open Access be
waived?:Not SpecifiedDate deposit to be made Open Access:When publisher
permits
Other DetailsIs deposit a precondition for research evaluation (the
'Li=C3=A8ge/HEFCE Model')?:YesRights holding:Not MentionedCan rights retent=
ion
be waived?:Not specifiedCan author waive giving permission to make the
article Open Access?:Not specifiedPolicy's permitted embargo length for
science, technology and medicine:6 monthsPolicy's permitted embargo length
for humanities and social sciences:12 monthsCan maximal allowable embargo
length be waived?:YesOpen licensing conditions:OtherGold OA publishing
option:Permitted alternative to Green self-archivingFunding for APCs where
charged by journals:Funder provides specific additional funding for APCsAPC
fund URL (where available):
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/researchsupport/openaccess/funding.aspx

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<div dir=3D"ltr"><br><div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvet=
ica;font-size:12px"><a 
href=3D"https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/pure" tar=
get=3D"_blank">PURE is a Trojan Horse from 
Elsevier</a>=C2=A0that (some) UK=
 institutions have allowed to enter their portals. It is a trick, by Elsevi=
er, to insinuate themselves into and retain control of everything they can:=
 access, timing of access, fulfillment of mandates, research assessment, ev=
erything. The ploy was to sneak in via CRIS=E2=80=99s, which are systems fo=
r institutions wishing to manage and monitor their metadata on all their fu=
nctions.</div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-siz=
e:12px"><br></div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font=
-size:12px">Notice that the following passage from=C2=A0<a 
href=3D"http://w=
ww.kcl.ac.uk/governancezone/Assets/InformationPolicies/Open%20Access%20Poli=
cy.pdf">KCL&#39;s OA Policy</a>=C2=A0makes no mention of 
timing:</div><div =
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><br></div><=
div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><blockq=
uote type=3D"cite"><div dir=3D"ltr"><div 
class=3D"gmail_default" style=3D"f=
ont-family:&#39;trebuchet 
ms&#39;,sans-serif;font-size:small"><blockquote c=
lass=3D"gmail_quote" style=3D"margin:0px 0px 0px 
0.8ex;border-left-width:1p=
x;border-left-color:rgb(204,204,204);border-left-style:solid;padding-left:1=
ex">In internal evaluation procedures it will be expected that all 
publicat=
ions considered as part of appraisal or promotional assessments, will have =
a metadata record in the Research Information System, Pure, with either the=
 full text article attached and downloadable from the Research Portal, or a=
 link to the Open Access article on the journal=E2=80=99s web site.=C2=A0</=
blockquote></div></div></blockquote><br></div><div style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0=
);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px">What Pure is in reality 
designed to=
 do is to make sure that=C2=A0<i>the full text is not openly accessible 
unt=
il after the publisher embargo on Open Access</i>.</div><div 
style=3D"color=
:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><br></div><div style=3D"c=
olor:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px">In point of fact, 
the=
 battle for OA has long shifted to the arena of timing: The 1-year (or long=
er) embargo is the one to beat. Access after the embargo elapses is a foreg=
one conclusion (publishers have already implicitly conceded on it, without =
overtly saying so). But=C2=A0<i>access embargoed for 12 months is not 
OA</i=
>. Publishers want to make sure (1) there is no OA before the embargo elaps=
es, (2) the embargo is as long as possible, and even after the embargo, (3)=
 access should be via the publisher website, or at least controlled in some=
 way by the publisher.</div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helv=
etica;font-size:12px"><br></div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:=
Helvetica;font-size:12px">That=E2=80=99s exactly what PURE + CRIS 
does.</di=
v><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><br>=
</div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px">=
And (some) UK institutions (under pressure from Finch=E2=80=99s fatal fooli=
shness =E2=80=94 likewise originating from the publisher lobby) have been p=
ersuaded that PURE will not only provide all the OA they want, but will tak=
e a lot of other asset-management tasks off their shoulders.</div><div 
styl=
e=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><br></div><div =
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px">It=E2=80=99=
s a huge scam, masquerading as OA, and its only real function is to strengt=
hen the perverse status quo =E2=80=94 of ceding the control of university r=
esearch access to publishers =E2=80=94 even more than they had before.</div=
><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><br><=
/div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px">I=
t won=E2=80=99t succeed, of course, because HEFCE/REF2020 has nailed down t=
he timing of full-text deposit as having to be made within 3 months of acce=
ptance (not publication) for eligibility for REF2020, which a metadata prom=
issory note from Elsevier will not fullfill. My hope is that universities w=
ill be as anxious as they have been for 30 years now not to risk REF inelig=
ibility by failing to comply with this very specific 
requirement.</div><div=
 style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><br></div>=
<div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px">(And t=
he institution=E2=80=99s=C2=A0<a 
href=3D"http://openaccess.eprints.org/inde=
x.php?/archives/1110-Importance-of-Request-Copy-Button-in-Implementing-HEFC=
EREF-Immediate-Deposit-Policy.html" 
target=3D"_blank">copy-request Button</=
a>=C2=A0will take care of the rest, as long as all full-texts are deposited=
 within Acceptance + 3.)</div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:He=
lvetica;font-size:12px"><br></div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-famil=
y:Helvetica;font-size:12px">(I think it was a mistake on 
HEFCE/REF=E2=80=99=
s part to state formally that there is no need to archive the dated accepta=
nce letter that defines the acceptance date, but again I trust in the anxie=
ty of universities to comply with REF2020 eligibility requirements to draw =
the rational conclusion that is indeed within 3 months of acceptance that d=
eposit must be done for eligibility, and not 12 months after publication.)<=
/div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><=
br></div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12p=
x">As you will see from the ROARMAP data below,<a 
href=3D"http://roarmap.ep=
rints.org/690/" target=3D"_blank">=C2=A0KCL=E2=80=99s OA 
policy</a>=C2=A0al=
one is not compliant with the requirement for REF2020 eligibility, and the =
above extract does not change that one bit!</div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,=
0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><br></div><div style=3D"color:rg=
b(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px">Best 
wishes,</div><div style=
=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><br></div><div s=
tyle=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px">Stevan</div>=
<div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><br></=
div><div 
style=3D"color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Helvetica;font-size:12px"><d=
iv style=3D"font-family:sans-serif;font-size:13px"><div 
style=3D"width:754.=
59375px;margin:0px auto"><div style=3D"zoom:1"><div 
style=3D"display:inline=
;float:left;margin:0px 
7.53125px;min-height:1px;width:739.5px"><br><h1 styl=
e=3D"color:rgb(96,96,96);margin:10px 0px 
0px;font-size:17px;text-align:cent=
er">King&#39;s College London</h1><div><div 
style=3D"float:left"></div><div=
 style=3D"float:right"></div><div></div><div><div style=3D"width:754.59375p=
x;margin:0px auto"><div 
style=3D"zoom:1;margin-top:2em"><div style=3D"displ=
ay:inline;float:left;margin:0px 
7.53125px;min-height:1px;width:739.5px"><ta=
ble style=3D"width:737px;margin-bottom:18px;border:1px solid 
rgb(223,223,22=
3)"><caption 
style=3D"background-color:rgb(5,98,115);padding:0px 5px;text-a=
lign:left;line-height:36px;font-size:22px;color:rgb(255,255,255)">General</=
caption><tbody><tr><th align=3D"right" 
style=3D"width:180px">Country:</th><=
td valign=3D"top" style=3D"padding:0.5em"><a 
href=3D"http://roarmap.eprints=
.org/view/country/826.html" target=3D"_blank" 
style=3D"color:rgb(5,98,115)"=
>Europe &gt; Northern Europe &gt; United Kingdom of Great Britain 
and North=
ern Ireland</a></td></tr><tr><th 
align=3D"right" style=3D"width:180px">Poli=
cymaker type:</th><td valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em">Research organ=
isation (e.g. university or research 
institution)</td></tr><tr><th align=3D=
"right" style=3D"width:180px">Policymaker 
name:</th><td valign=3D"top" styl=
e=3D"padding:0.5em">King&#39;s College 
London</td></tr><tr><th align=3D"rig=
ht" style=3D"width:180px">Policymaker URL:</th><td 
valign=3D"top" style=3D"=
padding:0.5em"><a href=3D"http://www.kcl.ac.uk/index.aspx" 
target=3D"_blank=
" 
style=3D"color:rgb(5,98,115)">http://www.kcl.ac.uk/index.aspx</a></td></t=
r><tr><th align=3D"right" 
style=3D"width:180px">Policy URL:</th><td valign=
=3D"top" style=3D"padding:0.5em"><a 
href=3D"http://www.kcl.ac.uk/governance=
zone/InformationPolicies/Open-Access-Policy.aspx" 
target=3D"_blank" style=
=3D"color:rgb(5,98,115)">http://www.kcl.ac.uk/governancezone/InformationPol=
icies/Open-Access-Policy.aspx</a></td></tr><tr><th 
align=3D"right" style=3D=
"width:180px">Repository URL:</th><td 
valign=3D"top" style=3D"padding:0.5em=
"><a href=3D"https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/" 
target=3D"_blank" style=
=3D"color:rgb(5,98,115)">https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/en/</a></td></tr>=
<tr><th align=3D"right" 
style=3D"width:180px">Policy adoption date:</th><td=
 valign=3D"top" style=3D"padding:0.5em">16 July 
2012</td></tr><tr><th align=
=3D"right" style=3D"width:180px">Source of 
policy:</th><td valign=3D"top" s=
tyle=3D"padding:0.5em">Administrative/management 
decision</td></tr></tbody>=
</table></div></div><div 
style=3D"zoom:1"><div style=3D"display:inline;floa=
t:left;margin:0px 7.53125px;min-height:1px;width:739.5px"><table 
style=3D"w=
idth:737px;margin-bottom:18px;border:1px solid 
rgb(223,223,223)"><caption s=
tyle=3D"background-color:rgb(5,98,115);padding:0px 
5px;text-align:left;line=
-height:36px;font-size:22px;color:rgb(255,255,255)">Policy 
Terms</caption><=
tbody><tr><th align=3D"right" 
style=3D"width:326px">Deposit of item:</th><t=
d valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em">Required</td></tr><tr><th align=3D=
"right" style=3D"width:326px">Locus of 
deposit:</th><td valign=3D"top" styl=
e=3D"padding:0.5em">Institutional 
Repository</td></tr><tr><th align=3D"righ=
t" style=3D"width:326px">Date of deposit:</th><td 
valign=3D"top" style=3D"p=
adding:0.5em">When publisher 
permits</td></tr><tr><th align=3D"right" style=
=3D"width:326px">Content types specified under the 
mandate:</th><td valign=
=3D"top" style=3D"padding:0.5em">Peer-reviewed 
manuscripts</td></tr><tr><th=
 align=3D"right" style=3D"width:326px">Journal article 
version to be deposi=
ted:</th><td valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em">Not Specified</td></tr>=
<tr><th align=3D"right" 
style=3D"width:326px">Can deposit be waived?:</th><=
td valign=3D"top" style=3D"padding:0.5em">Not 
specified</td></tr><tr><th al=
ign=3D"right" style=3D"width:326px">Making deposited 
item Open Access:</th>=
<td valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em">Required</td></tr><tr><th align=
=3D"right" style=3D"width:326px">Can making the 
deposited item Open Access =
be waived?:</th><td valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em">Not Specified</t=
d></tr><tr><th align=3D"right" 
style=3D"width:326px">Date deposit to be mad=
e Open Access:</th><td valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em">When publishe=
r 
permits</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div style=3D"zoom:1"><div s=
tyle=3D"display:inline;float:left;margin:0px 
7.53125px;min-height:1px;width=
:739.5px"><table 
style=3D"width:737px;margin-bottom:18px;border:1px solid r=
gb(223,223,223)"><caption 
style=3D"background-color:rgb(5,98,115);padding:0=
px 5px;text-align:left;line-height:36px;font-size:22px;color:rgb(255,255,25=
5)">Other Details</caption><tbody><tr><th 
align=3D"right" style=3D"width:31=
5px">Is deposit a precondition for research evaluation (the 
&#39;Li=C3=A8ge=
/HEFCE Model&#39;)?:</th><td valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em">Yes</td=
></tr><tr><th align=3D"right" 
style=3D"width:315px">Rights holding:</th><td=
 valign=3D"top" style=3D"padding:0.5em">Not 
Mentioned</td></tr><tr><th alig=
n=3D"right" style=3D"width:315px">Can rights retention 
be waived?:</th><td =
valign=3D"top" style=3D"padding:0.5em">Not 
specified</td></tr><tr><th align=
=3D"right" style=3D"width:315px">Can author waive giving 
permission to make=
 the article Open Access?:</th><td valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em">N=
ot specified</td></tr><tr><th align=3D"right" 
style=3D"width:315px">Policy&=
#39;s permitted embargo length for science, technology and 
medicine:</th><t=
d valign=3D"top" style=3D"padding:0.5em">6 
months</td></tr><tr><th align=3D=
"right" style=3D"width:315px">Policy&#39;s permitted 
embargo length for hum=
anities and social sciences:</th><td valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em"=
>12 months</td></tr><tr><th align=3D"right" 
style=3D"width:315px">Can maxim=
al allowable embargo length be waived?:</th><td 
valign=3D"top" style=3D"pad=
ding:0.5em">Yes</td></tr><tr><th 
align=3D"right" style=3D"width:315px">Open=
 licensing conditions:</th><td valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em">Other=
</td></tr><tr><th align=3D"right" 
style=3D"width:315px">Gold OA publishing =
option:</th><td valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em">Permitted alternativ=
e to Green self-archiving</td></tr><tr><th 
align=3D"right" style=3D"width:3=
15px">Funding for APCs where charged by journals:</th><td 
valign=3D"top" st=
yle=3D"padding:0.5em">Funder provides specific additional funding 
for APCs<=
/td></tr><tr><th align=3D"right" 
style=3D"width:315px">APC fund URL (where =
available):</th><td valign=3D"top" 
style=3D"padding:0.5em"><a href=3D"http:=
//www.kcl.ac.uk/library/researchsupport/openaccess/funding.aspx" 
target=3D"=
_blank" 
style=3D"color:rgb(5,98,115)">http://www.kcl.ac.uk/library/research=
support/openaccess/funding.aspx</a></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div></=
div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div><blockquote type=3D"cite"><br>=
<br><div><div 
dir=3D"ltr"></div></div></blockquote></div></div></div></div>

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