Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Jul 2012 17:03 UTC
Legal A frontier where copyright reformists are actually scoring wins - not by reforming copyright, but by working around it. "The European Commission has announced its intention to make open access all research findings funded by Horizon 2020, its enormous, EUR 80 billion research-funding programme for 2014-20. And it is urging member states to follow its lead."
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RE[2]: A few thoughts
by l3v1 on Wed 18th Jul 2012 06:18 UTC in reply to "RE: A few thoughts"
l3v1
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First thing : even without mandatory open access, there are already a fair number of articles accessible online for free


Actually, I'll go beyond that. I work in research for 10 years now (if I count in my 3 years as a phd student), and it is the exception when I can't find something for free, not the rule. In such occasions I asked around and sometimes friends could get it for me, or the author sent it to me. And I have yet to witness a situation when an author won't give you the paper you are looking for, it certainly never happend to me or my colleagues.

Also, I'm sorry, but mandating open access is only good the publishing companies. Yes, I know they have high subscription fees, but I would bet that getting 2-3-4k Euros per paper would top that. And now you'll have to pre-calculate costs of publications when submitting the proposal, otherwise you won't be able to finance publications, since most research institutions and universities (I'm not talking money-rich US research labs here) don't realy have millions lying around for publication fees of their entire personnel.

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