[Taxacom] Paywall our taxonomic tidbit

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Jan 14 16:01:39 CST 2016

Peter Uetz said: Just make your papers available to everybody, not just the few lucky ones

Not sure if he was being sarcastic? I hope so. It amounts to "just make your papers available to everybody (whether they want to read it or not), not just the few who actually want to read it (and pay for it with public money intended for research!)"


On Fri, 15/1/16, Peter Uetz <peter at uetz.us> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Paywall our taxonomic tidbit
 To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
 Received: Friday, 15 January, 2016, 7:20 AM
 Yes! — Zootaxa is probably the best deal you can get.
 I paid for an open access paper in Zootaxa out of my own
 pocket, and this was a single author paper.
 For teams, some of which may have grant money available, it
 is a no brainer.
 Just make your papers available to everybody, not just the
 few lucky ones.
 Especially if you believe that nothing in biology makes
 sense except in the light of taxonomy, sorry..., evolution
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 > Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 13:58:22 +1300
 > From: "Geoff Read" <gread at actrix.gen.nz>
 > To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
 > Subject: [Taxacom] Paywall our taxonomic tidbit
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 > Am I unreasonable in expecting minor contributions to
 Zootaxa to be
 > affordable for authors as open access as a convenience
 for their readers? 
 > For instance that's USD 20 for each author in today's
 worst 2 page case!
 > Hopefully they earn (or did) much more that per hour.
 > http://www.mapress.com/j/zt/article/view/zootaxa.4066.2.5
 > Happens quite frequently - what are these contributors
 thinking? Should we
 > perhaps start a fund to help them out?
 > --
 > Geoffrey B. Read, Ph.D.
 > Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
 > gread at actrix.gen.nz
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