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Re: Russia and Turkey Register Green OA Self-Archiving

In scholarly, peer-reviewed journal publishing, embargoes and 
copyright restrictions have only one function: to ensure that 
journals can be sustained financially by selling subscriptions. 
Take embargoes and copyright restrictions away, and journals 
cannot be reliably and sufficiently sustained, because 
subscriptions are likely to vanish.

If one wants to get away from embargoes and copyright 
restrictions there are basically two scenarios:

1) Disregard formal peer-reviewed journals and publish informally 
on the web.
2) Find a way to sustain formal peer-reviewed journals in a less 
roundabout way than subscriptions, by means that do not require 
embargoes or copyright restrictions.

The possibility of scenario 2 is increasingly being offered now 
(albeit not yet by all publishers or journals): sustaining 
journals via a per-article charges for the service of formal, 
peer-reviewed publication, also known as 'open access 

Jan Velterop

----- Original Message ----
From: Bulent Karasozen <bulent@metu.edu.tr>
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
Sent: Wednesday, 9 May, 2007 4:32:41 PM
Subject: RE: Russia and Turkey Register Green OA Self-Archiving 
Mandates in  ROARMAP

I don't see any reason for embargos for posting accepted articles
on institutional repositories. The best way would be to put the
the peer reviewed version of the article immedialy in the
institutioanal repository. In disciplines like mathematics the
reviewing process takes about one year. Publication of the
accepted paper takes one to two years. Within the time the
articles loose their value if they are not available for the
scientific community.

In the E-thesis repository of Middle East Technical University,
Ankara we have introduced the one year embargo for some thesis
due to patent applications. But we don't need it for accepted
articles and we will have no embargo rule for the articles.

Bulent Karasozen
Middle East Technical University
Department of Mathematics & Institute of Applied Mathematics
06531 Ankara-Turkey

>>> Bravo in particular to the Russian institution, whose policy
>>> allows for a reasonable embargo period.
>> (1) It is odd (and rather sad) to see a librarian applauding 
>> embargo on researchers' access to research findings.
> It might not seem so odd (or sad) to someone who has read and
> considered the arguments in favor of reasonable embargoes.  One
> may agree or disagree with the proposition that reasonable
> embargoes can help maintain a robust and healthy scientific
> exchange, but tendentious expressions of regret that someone
> should actually hold such a view seem like rather a waste of 
> and bandwidth.
> ---
> Rick Anderson
> Dir. of Resource Acquisition
> University of Nevada, Reno Libraries
> rickand@unr.edu