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Why Full Open Access Matters

  • Michael W. Carroll mail

    mcarroll@wcl.american.edu

    Affiliation: American University, Washington, D.C., United States of America

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  • Published: November 29, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001210
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OA PRIORITIES: GRATIS OA VS. LIBRE OA

Posted by Harnad on 21 Dec 2011 at 12:44 GMT

Here are some of the many reasons why it is Gratis Green OA self-archiving (free online access) rather than Libre OA (free online access plus remix and republication rights) that should be mandated (by researchers’ institutions and funders):

1. 100% OA is reachable only if we mandate it;
2. only Green OA self-archiving (not Gold OA publishing) can be mandated;
3. all researchers want to provide Gratis OA (free online access);
4. not all researchers want to provide Libre OA (free online access plus remix and republication rights);
5. all disciplines need Gratis OA;
6. not all disciplines need Libre OA (mash-up rights for verbatim text);
7. Gratis OA is much more urgent than Libre OA (for all would-be users whose institutions cannot afford subscription access);
8. 100% Gratis OA is already reachable, 100% Libre OA is not;
9. publisher restrictions are less of an obstacle for Gratis OA;
10. Mandating Green Gratis OA is not only the fastest, surest and cheapest way to reach 100% Gratis OA but it is also the fastest, surest and cheapest way to reach Gold OA and Libre OA thereafter.

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