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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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Frank Chen, Open Access Unnecessary for Physicists, APS Physics, April 2007 (accessible only to subscribers).  A letter to the editor.  Thanks to Philip Johnson at Biocurious for the alert and, since I don't have access, for this excerpt:

It was interesting to read why a molecular biologist [Bill Hooker] supports open access [APS News, Back Page, February 2007]. Interesting but unimportant. He has no idea of how a physicist thinks. When I have an interesting problem to solve, I like to work on it myself and see how far I can get. If I come up with an elegant solutions, so much the better. I donít want to first see what others have done and become biased and perhaps fall into the same pitfalls. The only time I access previous articles is when the referee forces me to.

I used to get paper copies of five journals. For lack of space, I have given up on all but two of them. I have [university-subsidized online access] to all of them, but I have not taken the time to look. Although it is good for archiving, open access doesnít work for current literature except for people who have a lot of time on their hands....

PS:  If I see more of these, I'll start a blog series:  Creative Excuses.