Re: A Keystroke Koan For Our Open Access Times

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 06:45:28 -0400

Stevan Harnad, Professor of Cognitive Science
Southampton University, UK
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    "A Keystroke Koan For Our Open Access Times"

The two funding notices below from Open Access News caught my eye
for the sheer irony of these misdirected good intentions: Of course
OA journal publishing can use all the financial help it can get, but
if these two well-meaning OA supporters -- JISC and OSI -- were to
spend the same amount of money on funding the conversion of individual
institutions rather than individual journals to OA provision (by funding
the creation of institutional OA Eprint Archives and, more important,
the implementation of official institutional self-archiving *policies*),
that would generate far, far more OA for the same money!

The annual journal-article output of a university is far bigger than that
of a journal, and university OA provision propagates across journals (and
universities). Moreover, the per-article costs of funding self-archiving
are incomparably lower.

When will OA-funders at last realize that they are doing far less for
OA when they just keep going for gold, instead of green?

    Harnad, S., Brody, T., Vallieres, F., Carr, L.,
    Hitchcock, S., Gingras, Y, Oppenheim, C., Stamerjohanns,
    H., & Hilf, E. (2004) The Access/Impact Problem and the
    Green and Gold Roads to Open Access. Serials Review 30.
    Shorter version:
    The green and the gold roads to Open Access. Nature Web Focus.


    Funding to convert conventional journals to OA

    JISC has announced another round of funding for publishers to
    convert conventional journals to open access. From the tender: JISC
    "invites proposals from publishers or learned societies looking
    to move to an open access model for their journal(s). JISC will
    award short term funding to a small number of publishers or learned
    societies who agree to waive open access submission and publication
    fees for UK Higher Education (HE) staff for a one-year period. There
    is funding of 150,000 pounds available to support this Initiative in the
    2004-05 Academic Year (1 August 2004 ? 31 July 2005). The deadline
    for submission of proposals is 12 noon on Thursday 11 November

    OSI grants program for OA journals

    The Open Society Institute Information Program has announced a new
    grants program for open access journals. OSI is providing $50,000
    "to support the publication in open access journals of articles by
    authors residing and working in countries where the Soros foundations
    network is active." The funding covers article processing fees charged
    by OA journals for accepted articles and will be paid directly to
    the journals. The program covers all open-access journals and all
    disciplines. Journal publishers may apply online.

Stevan Harnad
Moderator, American Scientist Open Access Forum

Professor of Cognitive Science
Department of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton, UK

20 September- 4 October 2004: gpgNet Forum on "Open Access to Scholarly Publications:
A Model for Enhanced Knowledge Management?" Co-hosted with the Open Society
Institute (OSI).

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