[Taxacom] Open access?

Donat Agosti agosti at amnh.org
Wed Jun 5 05:09:17 CDT 2013

". I would be concerned that making open access mandatory would discriminate against taxonomists from poorer countries"

Essentially this means: Better keep the old system, where the people from poorer countries have very restricted access to the published record, because their libraries cannot afford it, and because there is not even in the richer countries a library that has it all. Do you really mean and support this?
Essentially, that means to keep the colleagues in the poorer country longer in the dark as necessary.


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Having all taxonomic publication available as open access publications would be nice, but at least at the moment, someone, somewhere still ends up paying, at least if they wish to publish through independent academic journals. In the traditional system readers pay, under the open access model the author pays. I would be concerned that making open access mandatory would discriminate against taxonomists from poorer countries as well as many private individuals (and indeed retired academics) who pay for their taxonomic research out of their own pockets. No doubt this may change in the next few years with the advent of new publishing models, but I don't think we are quite there yet.

However, encouraging open access for those who can afford it would certainly make a nice Recommendation  8i in the Code.


John Noyes wrote:
> Hi,
> I certainly think it would be good to specify that an electronic publication would meet the requirements of the ICZN as a published article ONLY if it was open access. It is a pity that this was not done when Article 8.5 was introduced - it is almost certainly too late now. As I see it, it was a fantastic opportunity was missed that would have made taxonomy hugely more accessible at a stroke. It would also have made it cheaper because the cost of publishing taxonomy (especially large-scale revisionary works of the sort that are badly needed) could have been reduced to virtually nill.

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