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RE: Self-Archiving and Journal Subscriptions: Critique of PRC
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- Date: Tue, 22 May 2007 13:33:02 EDT
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A good case in point of a granting agency that provides money to support research but not dissemination is the NEH, which once had a Publication Subvention Program until the Reagan-era budget ax eliminated it in 1995. That was one of the very few general sources of subsidies for books in the humanities, and its loss was a blow to us university presses and to publication of books in the humanities.
Penn State Press
But money spent on 'gold' OA is not 'removed' from research, particularly not if you understand and accept that formally publishing the results is integral to doing research.That's a political argument -- a "should" argument -- rather than a statement of fact. This is a statement of fact: it costs a certain amount of money to create information by performing research, and it is entirely possible (whether or not desirable) to do research and then publish nothing. If you choose to publish the results of your research, additional costs will be involved. There are many granting agencies that have traditionally provided money to support the creation of information through research, but not the formal publication or distribution of it. There may be good arguments for having those granting agencies start funding the second part as well -- but there's no way for them to do so without redirecting money from their support of actual research. A good argument, it seems to me, would need to demonstrate that the general welfare is better served by the free distribution of less information than it is by the creation of more information. By the way, I'm happy to keep rephrasing this basic point as many times as it takes. :-) Rick Anderson Dir. of Resource Acquisition University of Nevada, Reno Libraries email@example.com
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