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Re: Future of the "subscription model?"
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- Subject: Re: Future of the "subscription model?"
- From: Sandy Thatcher <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 26 Oct 2011 18:42:32 EDT
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To what Rick says (with which I largely agree) I would add that the distribution of single articles in a non-systematic way could be justified as "fair use" or under the provisions of Sec. 108--which means that the publisher would receive no income at all! So, if a sociologist, say, wanted only an occasional article from the American Journal of Sociology, he or she could obtain if via interlibrary "loan" or from a colleague who has a subscription. This kind of patron-driven access model would leave the publisher with a significantly reduced income stream to support publication of the journal. That is another reason that should motivate publishers to move in the direction of Gold OA. Sandy Thatcher