[Taxacom] Paywall our taxonomic tidbit

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Mon Jan 18 15:16:09 CST 2016

PS: Also, this doesn't explain the current popularity of Gold OA journals like ZooKeys. Are all the authors foolish? If I were a conspiracy theorist, which I'm not, I'd suggest that Pensoft's sales pitch might be "Got research money to ditch? We'll happily take it off your hands! We're good like that!" At any rate, we also have the data reuse problem, which it seems can only be solved by Gold OA. So, all in all a very complex situation, which much potential for abuse. Not something to be taken on lightly, without thinking everything through.


On Tue, 19/1/16, rch <rch at skynet.be> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Paywall our taxonomic tidbit
 To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
 Received: Tuesday, 19 January, 2016, 9:35 AM
 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
 unsustainable]** and will be cancelled and publishers will
 cut obsolete
 costs and downsize and convert to affordable, sustainable
 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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