[Taxacom] Paywall our taxonomic tidbit

rch rch at skynet.be
Mon Jan 18 14:35:21 CST 2016

Stephen Thorpe wrote
"OK, so wtf is going on here?? ..."

I forwarded that question to Stevan Harnad, who knows more about these
things than I do

He replied

(1) Paying for Open Access (OA) Publishing (Gold OA) is not the only way
to provide OA, nor is it the best way.

(2) The best way is to publish in the most suitable journal and to make
the final draft OA by self-archiving it in your institutional repository
at no cost (**[Green OA]**).

(3) Yes, it is foolish to divert scarce research funds to pay for Gold
OA (**[“Fool’s Gold OA”]**)

(4) Once Green OA prevails globally, **[subscriptions will become
unsustainable]** and will be cancelled and publishers will cut obsolete
costs and downsize and convert to affordable, sustainable **[Fair-Gold
OA]**  paid for not out of research funds but out of a fraction of the
institutional subscription cancellation savings windfall.

Richard H

In case those **links** dont survive the journey, here they are en claire:-

**Green OA
**Fool's Gold OA
    Google harnad ("fool's gold" OR "fools gold")
**Subscriptions will become unsustainable

**Fair-Gold OA


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