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Re: Select Committee Inquiry into Scientific Publication Stevan Harnad (13 Jan 2004 00:49 UTC)

Re: Select Committee Inquiry into Scientific Publication Stevan Harnad 13 Jan 2004 00:49 UTC

On Mon, 12 Jan 2004, Sally Morris wrote:

> I think the CILIP response ignores the fact that new licensing arrangements
> from publishers have actually significantly increased the percentage of
> available literature which library patrons can now access.  I'm not saying
> it's anything like 100 percent, but it is much improved

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Licensing improves the return on the tolls for the HAVES who can afford
the tolls. Open access is about the HAVE-NOTS who cannot afford the
tolls.

The relevant facts are these:

(1) There are 24,000 peer-reviewed research journals worldwide, publishing
2.5 million articles per year.

(2) 23,000 of these 24,000 (>95%) are toll-access journals. (Tolls
are: subscriptions, licenses, pay-to-view.)

(3) It is true of every single toll-access article that (the institutions
of) most its potential users worldwide cannot afford access to it, no
matter how good the licensing arrangements. (Call that the worldwide
"HARVARD/HAVE-NOT" ratio.)

(4) The above (3) would continue to be true even if every one of the
toll-access journals were sold *at cost."

(5) Consequently, the research community and the progress, productivity
and impact of research require that toll-access for the HARVARDS be
supplemented with open-access for the HAVE-NOTS, regardless of the
licensing arrangements.

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