[open-science] Elsevier (again) and Community Networks

William Gunn william.gunn at gmail.com
Tue Oct 21 19:07:00 UTC 2014

You should publish it in an open access journal that offers fee waivers to
those who can't pay, such as PLOS ONE, PeerJ, eLife, or F1000Research.

William Gunn
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On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 4:09 AM, William Waites <ww at eris.okfn.org> wrote:

> So even though I'm mostly doing unrelated work at the moment, I've
> been involved with community operated rural broadband infrastructure
> for a while [1][2]. There's quite some activity around this, and some
> friends from Catalunya that came to Edinburgh to visit a while ago are
> guest editing a special issue of an Elsevier journal [3].
> It would probably be a good thing to write an article for it, and
> there are a couple of things I've been meaning to write about for some
> time, and it would be nice to have it in a volume together with others
> working on similar projects.
> But my work on this is unfunded, any money we have is better spent on
> and in the community and $2400 fee to have an article made Open Access
> is in any case too much in this context.
> I bring this up on the list because it is a very strange example that
> may become more common of funded academia colliding with community
> projects normally done on a shoestring. It is manifestly against the
> ethic of community projects to create closed literature and it is
> unreasonable to expect community projects to cough up to subsidise
> Elsevier.
> So what should I do? Thoughts?
> -w
> [1] http://www.tegola.org.uk/
> [2] http://www.hubs.net.uk/
> [3]
> http://www.journals.elsevier.com/computer-networks/call-for-papers/special-issue-on-community-networks/
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