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A Response to Elsevier's Statement on the Future of OA
In a Medium article, “A Response to Elsevier’s Insights Into Making the Transition to Open Access Possible,” Toby Green writes to Gemma Hersh, Elsevier’s VP of policy and communications, “You are quite correct, there is no international consensus for which open access model is best. However, waiting for consensus and taking an approach where ‘structural challenges need to be worked through by all stakeholders together’ brings to my mind Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot because, if the past two decades since [the] Budapest [Open Access Initiative] are anything to go by, waiting will only result in more pointless bickering, no definitive conclusion and open access will arrive, but only tomorrow.
“Your suggestion that a regional approach to gold open access might be a way forward pains me as much as Lucky’s soliloquy does the protagonists in the play. If there is one industry that is truly global in nature, it is scholarly publishing. This won’t be news to you, but if scientific articles are increasingly co-authored on an international basis and these papers tend to be more highly cited, then surely it is … nonsense that an article could be open in Europe but closed in Australia. A regional approach would also prolong inequality between the haves and haves not, which must be unacceptable at a time when digital has opened the way to bridging divides at almost no cost. …
“You are the world’s largest STM publisher, yet the insights you present show a surprising lack of ambition to take a lead in the transition to open access: you seem content to remain by your tree, looking at your boots muttering ‘is nothing to be done? …’”
Continue reading the article here. Read Hersh’s article, “Working Towards a Transition to Open Access,” here.
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