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[BOAI] Bethesda statement
From: Peter Suber <peters AT earlham.edu>
[Forwarding from Ellen Paul. This is a follow-up to her July 2 posting on the Bethesda statement on open-access publishing, <http://threader.ecs.soton.ac.uk/lists/boaiforum/88.html>, and its effect ↵ on small society publishers. --Peter.] Thanks, Peter. Here is an example that you might want to share: The Wilson Ornithological Society, founded in 1888 and named for Alexander Wilson, father of American ornithology, has about 2,500 members. Many are "amateur ornithologists." It is an important society not only for historical reasons, but also because it has a special interest in undergraduate education. The WOS has recently published the only lab manual for ornithology. Dues are $21 /year; $15/year for students.* It has revenue of less than $100,000 per year and assets of under a million dollars. * Because there are 7 ornithological societies in North America, each is forced to charge relatively low dues because most ornithologists belong to more than one society. The most expensive of the seven charges $42/year. All are raising rates in this coming year, but even with the increases, the rates will be very low. One can join all 7 for under $200/year. All issues of Wilson Bulletin (from the first issue in 1889 to the most recent issue) are now available in full-text electronic versions. This means that you can read and print any paper, note, or review published in Wilson Bulletin on your personal computer. Also, you can search the entire series for papers on a particular topic or species, or for all publications by a particular author. All issues of Wilson Bulletin published before 2000 are accessible through the University on New Mexico library web site (http://elibrary.unm.edu/wilson/). Until recently this site was under construction, but Blair Wolf (who is coordinating this effort) reports that the site has been tested and is now fully functional. I have discussed this with Charles Blem and he agrees that we should make a public announcement about the availability of the site. I will therefore send an announcement to the editor of OSNA. John Smallwood said that he will include an announcement in Wilson Bulletin. The University of New Mexico web site is free, so back issues of the journal are now readily available to anyone in the world with internet access. Full-text reproductions of all papers are available as either PDF or DjVu files. I found that the DjVu files work more quickly and smoothly. To use the DjVu files, you may need to download the DjVu program from Lizardtech and then install it on your hard drive. You can do this for free from the home page of the Wilson Bulletin site at the University of New Mexico library. All issues of Wilson Bulletin published since 2000 are available through BioOne (http://www.bioone.org/bioone/?request=index-html), a subscription service that is generally accessible at academic libraries. BioOne provides a readable, full-text version of each paper, and the text of the paper can be searched for terms or names. One can go directly to a reference, table or figure by clicking on a button next to the citation. Also, papers can be displayed in a printable format. -- Ellen Paul Executive Director The Ornithological Council Mailto:epaul AT concentric.net Ornithological Council Website: http://www.nmnh.si.edu/BIRDNET "Providing Scientific Information about Birds"
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