Comments on Open Access FAQ of German Alliance of Scientific Organisations (Allianz der deutschen Wissenschaftsorganisationen)


Harnad, Stevan (2011) Comments on Open Access FAQ of German Alliance of Scientific Organisations (Allianz der deutschen Wissenschaftsorganisationen) s.n.

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The first draft of the "Frequently asked Questions zu Open Access und Zweitveröffentlichungsrecht (FAQ)" of Germany's Allianz der deutschen Wissenschaftsorganisationen (ADW) perpetuates several widespread and longstanding misunderstandings about Open Access. The misunderstandings are mostly in the form of two unreflective reversals of practical and strategic priorities, insisting, prematurely, on far less urgent and important and much less reachable OA goals, while neglecting or even rejecting far more urgent and important OA goals that are already fully within reach. (1) Gratis OA vs Libre OA: Gratis OA is (1a) free online access to refereed journal articles. Libre OA is (1a) free online access to refereed journal articles (1b) plus certain further re-use and re-publication rights. We do not yet even have Gratis OA (1a), but it is already fully within reach; yet the ADW FAQ insists on Libre OA (1b), rejecting Gratis OA (1a) as not good enough. (2) Green OA vs Gold OA: Green OA is (2a) Gratis OA to the author's final refereed drafts of all refereed journal articles, provided through author self-archiving of all refereed journal articles. Gold OA is (2b) Gratis or Libre OA to articles published in OA journals. We do not yet even have Green OA (2a), but it is already fully within reach; yet the ADW FAQ insists on Gold OA (1b), rejecting Green OA (1a) as not good enough. The ADW FAQs need to be corrected and updated to explain and advocate that the worldwide research community should first grasp what is already fully what is within its immediate reach, namely, Green Gratis OA self-archiving -- through institutional and funder Green Gratis OA self-archiving mandates (requirements). Only after the immensely valuable immediate benefit for research that is already within reach (universal Green Gratis OA) has been grasped should we be thinking of going on to Gold OA publishing and Libre OA re-use/republication rights.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: Commentary On: http://www.allianzinitiative.de/fileadmin/user_upload/FAQ_Open_Access_Zweitveroeffentlichungsrecht.pdf
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Keywords: open access, open access mandates, green open access, self-archiving, Allianz der deutschen Wissenschaftsorganisationen, German Alliance of Scientific Organisations
Organisations: Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 272617
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August 2011Accepted/In Press
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2011 17:33
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2017 08:26
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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/272617

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