[Taxacom] Paywall our taxonomic tidbit

Gerwin Kasperek sls2411 at ub.uni-frankfurt.de
Fri Jan 15 02:52:11 CST 2016

Rod, you wrote that in the traditional model ... "3. Public doesn’t  
have access to that research".

At least for the public in Germany (and presumably many other  
countries), this is not quite true. There are libraries providing  
published documents in various ways. If the user's local library  
doesn't have a licence or hardcopy for a specific publication, he can  
order via inter-library loan. There are international inter-library  
loan services as well. We could say "3. Public doesn’t have  
_immediate_ access to that research".


Dr Gerwin Kasperek
University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Quoting Roderic Page <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk>:

> Reading this thread suggests that there’s still a lot to do to make  
> the case for Open Access. There seems to be confusion and  
> misunderstanding about some of the motivations behind making  
> academic literature freely available to all.
> If you have 8 minutes to spare, here's a nice video from PhD comics  
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5rVH1KGBCY
> Regarding the arguments about public money, the traditional model is  
> something like this:
> 1. Public fund scientists to do research
> 2. Public funds university libraries to pay millions per year to  
> subscribe to journals so researchers can read the literature
> 3. Public doesn’t have access to that research
> ...
> ...

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