Re: Archivangelism

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 12:03:46 +0000

On Fri, 9 Jan 2004, Simon Tanner wrote:

> The article "'Open access' for the rich only" is only available to
> registered users of this site.
> 14 day FREE TRIAL

The irony is only apparent, not real! THES is not a peer-reviewed research journal
but a commercial magazine. Its writers are doing paid work for hire. The authors
of journal articles are not: They are giving away their work free for
research impact.

    "1.1. Distinguish the non-give-away literature from the give-away

    "1.2. Distinguish income (arising from article
    sales) from impact (arising from article use)"

(Letters are not works for hire, but it may be complicated to make a site partly
free and partly not, and in any case that is a matter for magazine policy.)

Can you imagine newspapers and magazines covering their costs by charging their
journalists to publish?

Stevan Harnad

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