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Re: We have met the enemy...
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- From: "Peter B. Boyce" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 23 May 2000 17:25:39 EDT
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John Cox is right... Fear is the underlying driving force for many of us who have had financial responsibility for launching electronic journals. I should have stated it as fear of loss of revenue in the new and untried arena of electronic journals which drives many of us. In this new arena, in which we are all still experimenting to find things that work, lawyers are often not helpful. When we at the American Astronomical Society set out to develop our license in 1995, we held extensive discussions with the library community (including Ann Okerson, than you Ann). We wanted to avoid burdensome restrictions and make it easy to start using the electronic journals. It was our publisher's lawyers who wanted us to insert all kinds of restrictive provisions, even though we owned the journal. We prevailed in the end, saying that we were willing to take any risks involved in keeping the license simple. It was the feedback from our library community, who assured us that they would continue to subscribe in paper, which gave us the necessary confidence to approach these negotiations with a sufficient lack of fear that we could make a sensible license. These discussions between us (publishers and librarians) had the tone of mutual collaborative partners in the information chain trying to find the best ways to make the most effective use of the new electronic environment. In fact, coming up with a simple, mutually acceptable license was an enjoyable exercise which strengthened the bond between us and our library community. Knowing this was a time for experimentation, we were willing to start with simple terms and to rely upon the libraries not to abuse the new capabilities. In retrospect, our move to electronic publishing has not been particularly risky, certainly not as risky as it seemed at the time. As for John Cox missing the Pogo reference, I don't suppose the Chauncey M. Depew* ever made it across the Atlantic... Cheers, --Peter-- * The name of Pogo's rickety boat in which he traversed the swamp, went fishing, etc. _________________________________________________________ Peter B. Boyce - Senior Consultant for Electronic Publishing, AAS email: email@example.com Summer address: Winter: 4109 Emery Place, 33 York St., Nantucket, MA 02554 Washington, DC 20016 Phone: 508-228-9062 202-244-2473 _________________________________________________________