[Open-access] Principles of "Open Access"

Peter Murray-Rust pm286 at cam.ac.uk
Thu Jul 4 15:43:53 UTC 2013

Mike Taylor has just been interviewed by Richard Poynder -
poynder.blogspot.fi/2013/07/open-access-where-are-we-what-still.html and I
think what he says is core to what the OKF interpretaion of OA is (as
expressed by the motivation of this list).

It's clear that the wider movement is floundering. Mike notes the great
increase in momentum, but also hints at the lack of coherence. Given the
bickering and worse of the last year or so it's not surprising that
genuinely motivated newcomers are perplexed.

I think it would be useful for this list to create a clear simple guide to
(Fully) open OA. The BOAI is clear but has been downgraded. We need to
state not only principles but some absolute positions. Such as Mike's "we
don't need publishers and should walk away".

I am going to try to marshal my thoughts by commenting on Mike's analysis
and have started at :
I believe more is needed, especially on rights and also on WHY we need Open
Access (I wish there was a new term and maybe we should strive for that).

Simply: The position is critical and critically balanced and the OKF can
make a significant difference.


Peter Murray-Rust
Reader in Molecular Informatics
Unilever Centre, Dep. Of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
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