From: Stevan Harnad <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:00:48 -0400
Both the perverse effects of the UK's Finch/RCUK policy and their
antidote are as simple to describe and understand as they were to
The Perverse Effects of the Finch/RCUK Policy: Besides being eager to
cash in on the double-paid (subscription fees + Gold OA fees),
double-dipped over-priced hybrid Gold bonanza that Finch/RCUK has
foolishly dangled before their eyes, publishers like Emerald are also
trying to hedge their bets and clinch the deal by adopting or
extending Green OA embargoes to try to force authors to pick and pay
for the hybrid Gold option instead of picking cost-free Green.
The Antidote to the Perverse Effects of the Finch/RCUK Policy: To
remedy this, both funders and institutions need merely (1) distinguish
deposit-date from the date that access to the deposit is made OA, (2)
mandate immediate-deposit, and (3) implement the repository's
facilitated eprint request Button to tide over user needs during any
All funders and institutions can and should adopt the
immediate-deposit mandate immediately. Together with the Button it
moots embargoes (and once widely adopted, will ensure emargoes'
inevitable and deserved demise).
And as an insurance policy (and a fitting one, to counterbalance
publishers' insurance policy of prolonging Green embargoes to try to
force authors to pay for hybrid Gold) funders and institutions should
(4) designate date-stamped immediate-deposit as the sole mechanism for
submitting published papers for annual performance review (e.g., the
Liège policy) or for national research assessment (as HEFCE has
proposed for REF).
As to the page that Emerald has borrowed from Elsevier, consisting of
pseudo-legal double-talk implying that
"you may deposit immediately if you needn't, but not if you must"
That is pure FUD and can and should be completely ignored. (Any author
foolish enough to be taken in by such double-talk deserves all the
needless usage and impact losses they will get!)
On 2013-06-17, at 8:04 PM, LIBLICENSE <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Richard Poynder <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:16:39 +0100
When last July Research Councils UK (RCUK) announced its new Open
Access (OA) policy it sparked considerable controversy, not least
because the policy required researchers to “prefer” Gold OA (OA
publishing) over Green OA (self-archiving). The controversy was such
that earlier this year the House of Lords Science & Technology
Committee launched an inquiry into the implementation of the policy
and the subsequent report was highly critical of RCUK.
As a result of the criticism, RCUK published two clarifications.
Amongst other things, this has seen Green OA reinstated as a viable
alternative to Gold. At the same time, however, RCUK extended the
permissible maximum embargo before papers can be self-archived from 12
to 24 months. OA advocates — who maintain that a six-month embargo is
entirely adequate — responded by arguing that this would simply
encourage publishers who did not have an embargo to introduce one, and
those that did have one to lengthen it. As a result, they added, many
research papers would be kept behind publishers’ paywalls
It has begun to appear that these warnings may have been right.
Evidence that publishers have indeed begun to respond to RCUK’s policy
in this way was presented during a second inquiry into OA — this time
by the House of Commons Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) Committee.
The Committee cited the case of a UK publisher who recently introduced
a 24-month embargo where previously it did not have one. The publisher
was not named, but it turns out to be a UK-based company called
Why did Emerald decide that an embargo is now necessary where
previously it was not? Why do the details of the embargo on Emerald’s
web site differ from the details sent to the publisher’s journal
editors? And what does Emerald’s decision to introduce a two-year
embargo presage for the development of Open Access? To my surprise,
obtaining answers to the first two questions proved more difficult
than I had anticipated.
More here: http://poynder.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/open-access-emeralds-green-starts-to.html