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On November 1, Rick Weiss wrote in the Washington Post:
This is not true. As I wrote in my blog comment: "The policy would require deposit in an OA repository (PubMed Central), not submission to OA journals. It's about green OA, not gold OA."
Now today, Nature News repeats the error:
And Slashdot picks up the error from Nature News:
I don't blame Slashdot for picking up language from Nature, but I did expect Nature to base its language on the bill itself.
NB: It's all about deposit in PMC. There isn't a word about where authors should or should not submit their work. There isn't a word about journal access policies.
Although this outbreak is new, the Post-Times-Nature-Slashdot error is old. In January 2006 it was already old:
Ray English and I have sent a letter to the Post to correct the error. But we can't keep up with this rapidly spreading virus. If you see a newspaper, journal, blogger, or listserv contributor repeat the Journal-Archive Mixup, please send a correction.
Update. Stevan Harnad seconds the motion.
Update. Andrea Gawrylewski has picked up this story for The Scientist, Media bungles open access details, November 13, 2007. (Thanks, Andrea.)
Update. The letter to the editor that Ray English and I wrote to the Washington Post is now online, November 13, 2007 (p. A18).