What are they thinking? The Royal Society wants to keep science off the web because it might hurt the society journals in some disciplines. Although I might have some sympathy for the plight of society journals, the journals that will die off first due to public access are the vastly overpriced for-profit journals, while the society journals (which are usually priced more reasonably) will do quite well. I’ve said before that peer review and editing is worth the money we pay for society journals; public access won’t alter this.
Didn’t they read the DC principles stuff before they made this statement? It seems like a reasonable middle ground between the for-profit journals and the science-wants-to-be-free ideologues.
[tags]open access, science[/tags]