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Monday, July 14, 2008

Editorial and discussion in support of OA

Françoise Thibault, Écrire et diffuser la science : les défis majeurs de l’Open access, Médecine Sciences, June-July 2008.  An editorial.  In French.  No abstract.

Also see from the same issue:  Jean-Claude Guédon, Repenser le sens de la communication scientifique : l’accès libre.  Includes an English abstract:

The recent US law (H.R.2764) affecting NIH policy and the recent unanimous vote by the Arts and Science faculty of Harvard University in favour of a mandatory deposit of researchers’ publications in a suitable repository have brought the Open Access movement into public light. After reviewing the historical background of Open Access, its evolution and extension in the United States, Great Britain, France and Canada are examined. Policies aiming at strengthening Open Access to scientific research are viewed as the direct consequence of treating scientific publishing as an integral part of the research cycle. It should, therefore, be wrapped into the financing of research. As the greater part of research is funded by public money, it appears legitimate to make its results as widely available as is possible. Open Access journals and repositories with strong deposit mandates form the backbone of the strategies to achieve the objective of Open Access. Despite the claims of some publishers, Open Access does not weaken or threaten the peer review process, and it does not conflict with copyright laws.

PS:  For some reason, Google Translate doesn't work on these articles.

Update. From the same issue, also see Pierre Bérard, Sur le rôle des publications en mathématiques, which discusses the use of Arxiv, HAL, OAI-PMH, Gallica, and NUMDAM for mathematics research. (Thanks to Gavin Baker.)