Re. below, as this message outlines, it would be advisable for all Librarians to keep their eye on the ball when it comes to the discourse on public access.
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Subject: On the opposition to open access
** with apologies for cross-posting **
An article in Nature on Wednesday, January 24, by Jim Giles, PR's
"pit bull" takes on open access, reveals that the American
Association of Publishers hired the "pit bull of public relations",
Eric Dezenhall, as a consultant on strategies to oppose the open
According to Nature, "The consultant advised them to focus on simple
messages, such as "Public access equals government censorship". He
hinted that the publishers should attempt to equate traditional
publishing models with peer review...."
When assessing arguments against open access, it is important to
consider where the messages are coming from. Dezenhall's previous
clients include the former Enron chief and, according to Business
Week, Exxonmobile (to criticize the environmental group Greenpeace).
Equating public access with government censorship is absurd. There
are many open access publishers (including CACUL, with their
Occasional Papers Series, and Evidence Based Librarianship, which
members of CLA's own EBL Interest Group are very much involved in)
who perform peer review. The Directory of Open Access Journals
currently lists over 2,500 fully open access, peer-reviewed journals,
and the numbers are growing rapidly.
In addition to fully open access journals, there are many journals
which allow authors to retain copyright so that they can self-archive
their works for open access, and also many which have hybrid open
For those who do not have access to Nature, there is an excerpt on
Open Access News, at:
Open Access News also details follow-up articles (in the Chronicle of
Higher Education and Washington Post), as well as comments from
My own comment, Stop fighting the inevitable - and free funds for OA!
focuses on the substantial funds spent by publishers to lobby against
open access ($300,000 - $500,000 for this one consultation alone;
Elsevier's lobbying budget in the U.S. alone is in the millions
Convenor, CLA Task Force on Open Access
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