[Open-access] [GOAL] Re: Fight Publishing Lobby's Latest "FIRST" Act to Delay OA - Nth Successor to PRISM, RWA etc.

brentier at ulg.ac.be brentier at ulg.ac.be
Mon Nov 18 05:52:04 UTC 2013

Libraries are definitely places where awareness occurs. They are the sentinels. However, they don't have enough power (generally) to impose Open Access as a permanent reflex with researchers. 
The only way researchers can be convinced is through mandatory pressure from the funders and/or the Academic authorities. And the only way mandates can be imposed is through the research assessment procedures. Everything else lingers or fails. 
(82% compliance with incitative mandates instead of 8% on average with 'soft' mandates).
If the pressure is applied through Green OA mandates, academic freedom is fully respected. All it takes is 5 minutes (max) extra work for each new publication (usually not a daily task).
Considering the benefits for the author(s), the mandate soon becomes accessory. 

> Le 17 nov. 2013 à 23:11, Bjoern Brembs <b.brembs at gmail.com> a écrit :
>> On Friday, November 15, 2013, 1:09:13 AM, you wrote:
>> The political approach may be necessary to get OA
>> enacted, but we need to implement OA in such a way that it
>> is immune from political influence. In my book, that seems
>> to be a perfect role for libraries.
> This is a serious problem with mandates: they are liable to political influence - and billions in $$$ pay for plenty of political influence, way more than we can ever dream of having.
> I thus support Eric's motion: we need to move everything in-house, away from any political influence. Libraries are the natural place for that.
> Best wishes,
> Bjoern
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