Re: The Green and Gold Roads to Open Access

From: guedon <>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 19:06:50 -0500

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Correction : OA is to provide immediate, permanent, free full-text
on-line access to the results of scientific or scholarly research that
have been peer-reviewed in one way or another. Period! This does not
contradict Stevan Harnad's definition; it simply extends it a little.

Jean-Claude Guédon

Le mercredi 07 décembre 2005 à 19:31 +0000, Stevan Harnad a écrit :
> On Wed, 7 Dec 2005, Lesley Perkins wrote:
> > I believe that open access is a GOOD THING that will ultimately benefit
> > EVERYONE, and it seems to me that the biggest challenge is breaking
> > down the resistance to OA publishing among the academic researchers and
> > authors themselves.
> Lesley, the first and most important thing is to know, and remember, that
> "OA" is not synonynous with "OA Publishing." There are two (largely independent)
> roads to 100% OA = immediate, permanent, free full-text on-line access to the
> articles published in peer-reviewed research journals:
> (1) The "golden" road of publishing the articles in OA journals (journals that
> make their online contents freely available; some of them also use the
> author-instution-end cost-recovery model; some don't).
> (2) The "green" road of publishing the articles in non-OA journals, but also
> self-archiving the finally refereed drafts (postprints) in the author's
> Institutional Repository (IR) or in a central one.
> Resistance against OA publishing is not resistance against OA unless it is also
> resistance against OA self-archiving. And resistance is only worthy of
> consideration if it has reasons and evidence to back it up.
> > What do you say, or do, or demonstrate, to academic researchers to
> > convince them that publishing their articles in an open access venue is
> > a good and smart thing to do, not only for them (and their career), but
> > also for anyone else who has an interest in reading their articles?
> First, you should drop the terminology of "publishing in an open access venue"
> (inherited from the one one-sided, gold-biassed Bethesda Statement, and its
> successor, the 1st draft of the Berlin Declaration -- since corrected by Berlin
> 3): OA is providing immediate, permanent, free full-text on-line access to the
> articles published in peer-reviewed research journals -- either by publishing in
> an OA journal or by publishing in an non-OA journal and making the article OA by
> self-archiving it.
> *That* is what it is a smart thing to do. And the evidence that it is smart is
> that it enhances research impact by 25%-250% or more. See:
> Bibliography of Findings on the Open Access Impact Advantage
> > Specific examples of things you've tried that seemed to "get through"
> > would be helpful. For example, do you use charts, statistics, and
> > diagrams? or do you hold workshops, seminars, instructional sessions on
> > how an IR or an OA journal works?
> Yes, and they are all available for you to use too at:
> Also:
> Chrs, Stevan
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