[Taxacom] Proposed Amendment to the Code

Richard Zander Richard.Zander at mobot.org
Wed Dec 23 12:36:48 CST 2009

Open Access can be lucrative to publishers. I recently responded to a
survey by Nature Publishing regarding a possible Open Access journal
they are contemplating. The last question was "Would you be willing to
pay US$5000 for publishing an article?" I replied "Laughable."

Only people with NIH grants would be able to participate in Open Access
if all publishers were this avaricious, grading to venal and mercenary
if payment helped ensure publication. Open Access can open a can of

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-----Original Message-----
From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
[mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Kipling (Kip)
Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 12:30 PM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Proposed Amendment to the Code

If governmental funding agencies mandated that all publications 
resulting from research significantly supported by public funds (e.g. 
NSF, NIH, USDA) must be Open Access with relatively loose copyright 
control, we would see a pretty rapid shift and appropriate technology 
would emerge to handle these issues. Just follow the money.

After all it is the people's money and so the results and information 
should be publicly and freely available. Our taxes already paid for it 
once. Maybe some publishers would lobby against this.


(p.s. No, I haven't always published OA, but I am changin' my ways)

L Penev wrote:

> 1.      Open access (OA) - *mandatory* for taxa descriptions on the
day of
> publication (Gold OA) and *highly recommended *for the whole papers
where a
> new taxon is described. How to separate new taxa descriptions from the
> of the respective papers then to avoid copyright problems? Providing
> files of new taxa descriptions to recognized repositories such as EOL
> taxon-based aggregators or linking XML files to the Official Register
> be an relatively easy way to solve the problem and to ensure an
> availability and long-term persistence of descriptions. Needless to
say, the
> best possible policy here is to recommend Gold OA for the taxonomic
works in
> general.

Kipling W. Will
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Associate Director,Essig Museum of Entomology

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