Re: Scientific publishing is not just about administering peer-review

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 19:58:17 +0100

On Thu, 16 Oct 2003, Albert Henderson wrote:

> What is the cost of your unusual publicity campaign?
> How do you pay for it?

If Albert is referring to PLoS's high-profile launch and success, that
is the sort of thing that money and publicity cannot buy. The widespread
support and enthusiasm for free online access to peer-reviewed research
is something that arises quite naturally from the research community and
from the benefits of free access itself.

Let us hope that this widespread support and enthusiasm for the benefits
of free access will now accelerate so that all 2,500,000 peer-reviewed
articles published yearly are soon freely accessible to all would-be

Stevan Harnad

NOTE: Complete archive of the ongoing discussion of providing open
access to the peer-reviewed research literature online is available at
the American Scientist September Forum (98 & 99 & 00 & 01 & 02 & 03):
    Posted discussion to:

Dual Free-Access Strategy:
    (1) Publish your article in a suitable open-access journal
            whenever one exists.
    (2) Otherwise, publish your article in a suitable toll-access
            journal and also self-archive it.
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