[Open-access] scholarly articles still not in OA. What could we do?

Mike Taylor mike at indexdata.com
Fri Jan 31 14:06:37 UTC 2014

You're right, this is also important. But in general, it's much harder
to fix that OA for new articles going forward, because exploitative
publishers have already acquired the copyright they need to enforce
artificial scarcity.

-- Mike.

On 31 January 2014 14:03, Florence Piron <Florence.Piron at com.ulaval.ca> wrote:
> Hi,
> I just hit a paywall for a 1994 article on Cambridge Journals Online
> (journal Science in context). The site asks 30 £ for a 1994 article! Google
> didn't show me a Green access version of this paper. So my only option is to
> find the current email address of the author and ask him for the paper - and
> suggest to him to put it somewhere on the web in OA. I have already done
> that twice this week. Everytime, I receive rather quickly the paper, but no
> declaration of intention about making it OA...
> Like all of you, I participate actively in the fight for installing OA
> policies everywhere and I rejoice when a university or a country adopts such
> a policy. But I am under the impression that this fight tends to forget
> former journals, old papers, etc. some of which are, at least in social
> sciences, still relevant and useful. Could we launch a sort of a campaign
> "OA for now, but also OA to the past", in order to entice researchers to put
> all their old papers in OA? Or support libraries that could do it with their
> old collections or older series? Maybe this is already in the make and I am
> not aware of it?
> Florence Piron
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