[Taxacom] Paywall our taxonomic tidbit

Roderic Page Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk
Fri Jan 15 03:00:47 CST 2016

Hi Gerwin,

Yes, you could qualify it with “immediate” or “easy” access. But to me access means I can see it right now, for free on my device (computer, tablet, phone). I suspect for most people, if it’s not freely available online then it’s not accessible.



> On 15 Jan 2016, at 08:52, Gerwin Kasperek <sls2411 at ub.uni-frankfurt.de> wrote:
> 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".
> Regards
> Gerwin
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> Dr Gerwin Kasperek
> University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg
> Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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> 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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