Re: Is ESA first?

From: Thomas J. Walker <tjw_at_GNV.IFAS.UFL.EDU>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2000 08:16:16 -0500

At 09:18 AM 3/13/00 +0000, you wrote:
>On Sun, 12 Mar 2000, Thomas J. Walker wrote:
> >sh> The market can then decide whether authors think this is worth the
> >sh> price -- as long as they are allowed the self-archiving option, hence
> >sh> the choice...
>tjw> Free Web access as offered by ESA includes the right to self archive
>tjw> and specifically to post the PDF file on any Web server that will have
>tjw> it. The one aspect of this service yet to be implemented is the posting
>tjw> of the articles on PubMed Central. ESA is currently trying to arrange
>tjw> this.
>A bit of a misunderstanding here: The choice I meant was the choice
>between ESA-archiving of the PDF for a fee versus self-archiving one's
>own version of the refereed final draft for free. Not the a posteriori
>right to self-archive the PDF once one has paid the ESA fee...

You are right. ESA requires authors to sign a copyright release that has
no provision for self-archiving. APS does permit authors to self-archive
their own versions of the official versions of their refereed articles but
has no provision for immediate free Web access to the formatted, official
versions. Perhaps each society can learn from what the other has done.

More importantly, members of all the remaining scientific societies that
publish journals should see to it that their societies adopt these two

1. Authors are specifically permitted to self-archive their own versions of
the paper-archived version of their articles.

2. Authors are permitted to buy, at a fair price, immediate free Web access
to their articles.

The first is important because it will demonstrate that the society is not
trying to control the distribution of content.

The second is important because it offers a market-driven, nondisruptive
transition to free Web access to all journal articles.

Tom Walker
Thomas J. Walker
Department of Entomology & Nematology
University of Florida, PO Box 110620, Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
E-mail: FAX: (352)392-0190
Received on Mon Jan 24 2000 - 19:17:43 GMT

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