Anger at Anti-Open Access PR

Posted on January 28, 2007  Comments (2)

Blog posts angry at the anti open access moves by science journals are exploding. Which is a good thing; hopefully the momentum will keep up and some real changes will take place.

Those with money to lose will fight against freedom of information by Bora Zivkovic, is pretty representative:

While the world is moving towards an Open Science model of exchange of scientific information, there are, as expected, forces that are trying to oppose it. Whenever there is a movement to change any kind of system, those most likely to lose will make a last-ditch and nasty effort to temporarily derail the progress.

More: My advice to the American Chemical SocietyBig Content’s ‘pitbull’ and the AAAScience Journals Hire “PR Pit Bull”Traditional science publishers hire PR firms to scuttle open accessThe Open Access “Debate”A quick bit on the future of Open Access Publishing, Anthropology, and Public RelationsMore on the AAP PR campaignAnti-Open Access Propaganda: An Institution Under SiegeScience publishers get stupid

Good. Go blogosphere, Go Open Access and Go Badgers, too.

Related: more posts from our open access categoryThe Future of Scholarly PublicationOpen Access LegislationThe Future of the Scholarly Journal

A similar righteous outrage surrounded the Corporate hypocrisy by HP (it took about a week as I remember before HP capitulated – when they finally realized the best option was to admit the blogosphere was right and they were wrong). I wonder if that will happen this time. My guess is they will not follow Bora Zivkovic advice to join “the new world of Open Science and using their brand names, their know-how and their infrastructure to become the leaders in the new system.” That is good advice. It would be nice to see this PR move backfire and speed up the transition to a modern open exchange of scientific ideas, instead of system trapped in an outdated way of thinking.

Note to Google Toolbar people: shouldn’t the spell checker recognize blogosphere as a word?

2 Responses to “Anger at Anti-Open Access PR”

  1. CuriousCat: Open Access and PLoS
    May 28th, 2007 @ 3:10 pm

    “PLoS on the other hand recently hired Bora Zivkovic as PLoS ONE Online Community Manager. He will be great and continue to build PLoS into an organization supporting free and open science. I loved PLoS proactive action recounted by Bora…”

  2. CuriousCat: Science Journal Publishers Stay Stupid
    August 29th, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

    “It is time for the scientific community to give up on these journals and work with new organizations that will encourage scientific communication and advancement (PLoS – arXiv.org…) and leave those that seek to keep outdated practices to go out of business…”

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