[Taxacom] Paywall our taxonomic tidbit

Richard Rabeler rabeler at umich.edu
Sun Jan 17 15:35:56 CST 2016

While not wanting to prolong this thread, there is at least one Open-Access
journal with no fees to either author or reader.

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From: Taxacom [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of
Henrik Enghoff
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2015 5:52 AM
To: Taxacom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Nature needs names: 60 new dragonflies from Africa

Diamond Open Access, i.e., costfree for authors and readers alike, as well
as Zoobank registration, is provided by European Journal of Taxonomy (
www.europeanjournaloftaxonomy.eu). The journal is not restricted to
European authors,
nor to European target organisms.

Henrik Enghoff

University of Copenhagen

--> I would think this would be a logical place to consider for those on
limited budgets.

Rich Rabeler, MICH

On Sun, Jan 17, 2016 at 4:16 PM, Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>

> "information already paid for by the public purse should not be paid for
> again each time it is accessed or used, and ..."
> "This means making publicly-funded scientific information available
> online, at no extra cost ..."
> OK, so wtf is going on here?? Open access means that the public purse DOES
> pay again, there IS an extra cost (i.e. open access fees). Sure it is not
> paid for by the public purse each time it is accessed or used. It is paid
> for in advance regardless of how many people, if any, actually want to
> access or use the information!
> We really need to get straight who really benefits from open access, and
> how. We also need to look at who is lobbying for open access, and how they
> benefit.
> Other related issues include access to what is already published. Will
> that require subscriptions to access in addition to open access fees for
> future publications? Also, will there be extra funding for open access
> fees, or will it be diverted from existing research budgets.
> Stephen
> --------------------------------------------
> On Mon, 18/1/16, rch <rch at skynet.be> wrote:
>  Subject: Re: Paywall our taxonomic tidbit
>  To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu, lynn at afriherp.org,
> stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
>  Received: Monday, 18 January, 2016, 10:08 AM
>  Lynn Raw wrote
>  "...When the research is paid for by
>  'the public' then there should be an obligation
>  for this to be made freely available to 'the
>  public' whether they are interested or not.
>  Admittedly, perhaps this should be limited to the
>  residents/taxpayers of the countries concerned (i.e.,
>  EU member states for EU-funded research)..."
>  Actually, I think that the "obligation" is now written
>  in tablets of Brussels stone; the European commission says
>  "information already paid for by the public purse
>  should not be paid for again each time it is accessed or
>  used,
>  and .. it should benefit European companies and citizens
>  to the full. This means making publicly-funded scientific
>  information available online, at no extra cost, to
>  European researchers, innovative industries and
>  citizens, while ensuring long-term preservation." [1]
>  So now "Open access to scientific peer reviewed
>  publications
>  has been anchored as an underlying principle in the
>  Horizon 2020 Regulation and the Rules of Participation
>  and will consequently be implemented through the relevant
>  provisions in the grant agreement." [2]
>  And it looks as though the Horizon 2020 programme, which
>  has
>  nearly €80 billion available over the years to 2020 [3],
>  may even have some funds for taxonomy - see e.g. the
>  website
>  of CETAF - the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities
>  [4]
>  Richard H
>  https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3023-103X
>  [1]
> https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/hi/oa_pilot/h2020-hi-oa-pilot-guide_en.pdf
>  [2]
> https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/sites/horizon2020/files/FactSheet_Open_Access.pdf
>  [3] https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/en/what-horizon-2020
>  [4] http://cetaf.org/search/node/Horizon%202020
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