[Taxacom] wallace celebration: Francis and Taylor's copyright policy ad absurdum

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Fri Aug 30 05:32:01 CDT 2013

Obviously Francis and Taylor and the Journal of Natural History are in a very good mood today offering free access to some of Wallace's papers. It is fantastic, that a publisher and a journal board is so generous to give us access to our 100 years old literature that is well out of copyright and thus should be out and open anyways.


If Taylor and Francis and the Journal of Natural History would really care about science and dissemination of publication, then they would make anything that at least falls out of copyright open access and not sell it  at a horrendous price. 


This just shows the real interest is profit, even though hardly anybody will ever buy one of those articles.


But luckily, we have the Biodiversity Heritage Library that offers those articles in open access. It saves you big bucks: An article from the first volume of the Journal of Natural History saves you USD 44 (USD 242 for the entire volume) if you go through BHL.






Celebrate Wallace: Explore papers in Journal of Natural History

Wallace100 is a celebration of the life and scientific legacy of the intrepid explorer Alfred Russel Wallace in 2013, the centenary of his death.

In support of this celebration, we’re offering free access to a number of Wallace’s papers, which were published in  <http://tandf.msgfocus.com/c/13gLkvd6foSDRmhHcrPVBwY6fT> Journal of Natural History in the mid-19th Century. 

The artices include his eminent paper on "Sarawak Law" (1855), in which he wrote about evolution for the first time. Articles on Bird Studies (1851-57), The Study of Orang-utans (1856), and others from Natural History of the Arun Islands to Monkeys of the Amazon.

 <http://tandf.msgfocus.com/c/13gLkzcrAPBZmkgrojpjXfWIlu> View the collection of articles for free

“Wallace had earlier published his famous “Sarawak Law” paper, “On the tendency of varieties to depart indefinitely from the original type”, in Annals and Magazine of Natural History – the periodical that later became Journal of Natural History. Darwin, on reading Wallace’s “Ternate paper” with shock and amazement, was prompted, after decades of hesitation, almost immediately to co-publish with Wallace their theory of evolution by natural selection. In the end it was sheer determined hard work in the field, often under extreme conditions, combined with meticulous observation and collection of animals and plants, their characteristics and distribution, which led to both Darwin and Wallace’s independently conceived and ground-breaking theory.”, Andrew Polaszek, Editor of Journal of Natural History

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Kind regards,
 <mailto:matthew.peck at tandf.co.uk> Matt Peck
Zoology Journals
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