Well that's disappointing. Facet's commissioning editor just told me there's no option at all for any open access contracts for books with them, not even with an embargo. I had hoped for better from libraryland. If our own publishers can't see a way to get with this program, what the hell hope do we have from the rest of the industry?
Oh good. Based on his most recent comment on a SK post (where Rick A., as usual, misrepresents OA publishing), Harnad's now comfortable slamming gold OA journals as part of his "all OA should be green OA" tactics. Hell, maybe he should be writing for SK, since he seems to be an Elsevier fan.
I'm setting up a summer project and it suddenly occurred to me - maybe someone already did this. I want to compile lists of big-name journals in disciplines we teach and what the OA policy is for each (preprint, postprint, PDF, noway nowhow, unknown). Has anyone already compiled this?
Q for the hive brain: I have a recollection of a journal that was OA, was purchased and taken closed. The content remained available via PMC but was not linked from the publisher site which now appeared as a subscription journal...anyone point me in that direction?
Being reminded in various ways that Steele was more than right in saying "It's not always about you"--that most of the time I'm entirely irrelevant to whatever's going on, despite my best efforts and intentions. Which, I suppose, describes most of us much of the time. (Time to go offline and go to lunch, I guess.)
First milestone on The Big Deal and the Damage Done: Now in double-digit sales. (If it hits triple digits, there will probably be a 2012 followup.) Including two sales each in Canada and the UK. Since my only promise to my wife was that the book would sell well enough to cover the cost of my own paperback copy, it's a good start.
So I just learned that Proquest dumped hundreds of thousands of dissertations into Turnitin. I think this is evil. I also learned, poking around, that many ETDs have a "run it through Turnitin" step. I don't think libraries should be supporting a private corporation that relies on a dubious fair use claim to build their empire of badness.
I was thinking somebody (or pref. group) really does need to start an ethical Predatory Publishers List--but a better definition of predatory is needed. Splitting journals, lots of new journals, phony "sponsored" journals, republishing articles, excessive page charges, double-dipping...