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Re: May issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter

From: Sandy Thatcher <sgt3@psu.edu>
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
Subject: Re: May issue of the SPARC Open Access Newsletter

I should think that it falls within the scope of a publisher's 
business decision making to exclude certain categories of 
articles if they believe that including them in their journals 
will do economic damage to them. The editors, of course, may 
object, and they are always free to disassociate themselves from 
any journal whose publisher takes this stance.

Sandy Thatcher

At 7:27 PM -0400 5/11/10, Pippa Smart wrote:
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>One point that should be clarified - it is not publishers who
>decide whether papers are accepted or refused, but editors. Most
>publishers (at least those who operate ethically) do not
>interfere with editorial decisions. Therefore at the moment they
>are not in a position to legislate against accepting articles
>from the "FRPAA agencies."
>I believe at the moment there is a "watching brief" but if
>publishers start to believe that such mandates will cost them
>sufficient money as to endanger their business, they may try to
>ban papers from such authors - but if this happens there will be
>a battle with the editors on the issue of editorial 
>Peter - you mention some *profitable* OA publishers who do not
>charge author fees. Can you provide some names (or point me to a
>resource), so I can clarify where they obtain their income from 
>Pippa Smart
>Research Communication and Publishing Consultant
>PSP Consulting
>email: pippa.smart@gmail.com
>Web: www.pspconsulting.org