[Taxacom] Fwd: Fwd: open access

Rafaël Govaerts R.Govaerts at kew.org
Fri Oct 25 07:59:04 CDT 2013

I just email the authors, who are always kind enough to send me a pdf. Same as in the olden days we asked for reprints.
So I only see open access a problem for anything published in the 20th century. And of course for those libraries still have hard copy. If you really have no money and access you can always ask a rich colleague to send you a scan. Libraries will do it for the same price as they used to ask for photocopies.
Some libraries (especially in France) make it possible for you to order a scan of their books that have not yet been scanned for a very reasonable price. I think this is a very clever idea to get your library collection scanned. I have only used this for pre 1937 books and this one may not apply after that date. 

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Donat Agosti wrote eariler "...Publishing is business...".
I think here is the source of some important differences between closed- and open-access journals. The closed one need to publish quality papers (at least what the scientific community would consider quality at a time
moment) in order to be able to sell again and again the product (the paper).
The open access journals charge before so they are interested to publish a lot, which reduces the quality of papers.
I know this cannot be generalized to all journals, but I think this trend is clear.
In the end, maybe closed access is somehow better, because I think quality is more important.

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