Re: Legal ways around copyright for one's own giveaway texts

From: Christopher D. Green <christo_at_YORKU.CA>
Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2000 18:17:32 -0400

Stevan Harnad wrote:

> Please note that you are now asking about embargo POLICY, not copyright
> LAW, and embargo policy has no legal status. It is merely a practice
> that a journal may or may not adopt, and may or may not follow (such
> as not accepting articles in Spanish or on Experimental Oenology).

This is a fine distinction in principle, but in practice it makes no difference
for people who must attempt to publish in American Psychological Assocaition
journals in order to advance (or even maintain) their academic careers now. The
simple fact (whether legal, political, or even crassly careerist) is that
scientific psychologists will not be self-archiving in droves until the problem
is resolved. Despite your apparent optimism about the matter, I have seen no
indication that APA will "see the light" given the extraordinary degree of
control they currently have. As you know better than most, they have been
relatively resistant to even acknowledging the importance of electronic media.

Question: Do you know what the current policies are among the few, major non-APA
scientific psychology journals? e.g., American Journal of Psycohlogy (U.
Illinois), Psychological Science (APS), Cognitive Science (Ablex), and Cognition
(Elsevier) come immediately to mind. There must be others as well.

Christopher D. Green
Department of Psychology
York University
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
phone:  (416) 736-5115 ext. 66164
fax:    (416) 736-5814
Received on Mon Jan 24 2000 - 19:17:43 GMT

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