Ecological Society of America letter regarding OpenAccess is disturbing - bit. The ESA has really gone off the deep end on this. Publishers could also include grant information in paper abstracts which are usually available without a subscription. How about this - how about the ESA applies for peer reviewed grants to fund their activities so that these can be reviewed by others. So now what they are saying is that the government should hand them money via subscription fees so that they can then carry out some services they think are important.
Hat tip to Karen Cranston for pointing this out. So now what they are saying is that the government should hand them money via subscription fees so that they can then carry out some services they think are important. I hate in when professional societies put their revenue models ahead of their members interests. Ecological Society of America letter regarding OpenAccess is disturbing shar. However, it is important to note that there is a significant difference between research results and peer-reviewed publications. Or - another way to look at this - ESA is saying: And never mind that "open access" is not just about money - it is also about "freedom" in the usage of published material. In the letter they make many statements that bother me deeply including: That is right, they are suggesting that scientists write a second paper to go with their science papers that would be for the lay reader. Publishers such as ESA have a long record of reporting, analyzing and interpreting federally funded research. So - the justification here for not making ecological articles available is that they are MORE important over time? As it is ESA can do whatever it wants with that money - being fed to it without any peer review - via indirect costs and grant money. Publishers could also include grant information in paper abstracts which are usually available without a subscription. Really - how are they different exactly? One way to make taxpayer funded research more visible and accessible to interested members of the public would be to require federally-funded grantees to provide a second version of the research summaries they already prepare, specifically for the lay reader. They can't be serious. It is simply inexcusable for the government to not use taxpayer money judiciously. The ESA has really gone off the deep end on this. I am also generally against government regulations. Apparently ESA is doing the analyzing and reporting and interpreting. Some responses to this post: So the taxpayers pays for research that is valuable and because it is valuable over time we should make it less freely available? Furthermore, subscription revenue helps to support other Society services, including scientific conferences, education programs, and the distribution of science information resources to policymakers and the public. And that these summaries could include grant IDs to help in online searches. The ESA basically is saying "taxpayers should be required to subsidize us". So now rather than making the actual scientific papers available they are proposing that scientists write a second paper because lay people would not be able to understand the first paper? Really shocked by this:
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