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RE: OA Now

Dear Richard,

Your last paragraph proposes a perfectly sensible course of 
action, and similar policies were even possible in the print era. 
The University of California adopted just such a policy in 2003, 
with the enthuastic support of its faculty* -- who then proceeded 
to ignore it.

It is often an easy question what a university ought to do, but 
It's quite another matter getting them to do it.

Dr. David Goodman
Associate Professor
Palmer School of Library and Information Science
Long Island University

* http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/lists.htm#actions

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From: owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu on behalf of Richard Feinman
Sent: Mon 3/27/2006 6:43 PM
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Subject: OA Now

>How could this be done? A coalition of librarians, editors and 
>end-users could demand that existing publishers do this or could 
>move operations to an existing journal.  In other words, the 
>prestige of a journal is dependent on the collective opinions of 
>end-users, authors, reviewers and editors (many of whom are the 
>same people).  A group decision to define an OA journal as the 
>premier journal in a field is within their power. Journals that
> refused to compete would be avoided by this group.

>When could this be done?  How about now?

>Richard D. Feinman, Professor of Biochemistry
> (718) 871-1374
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