Response to Science and Technology Committee

Various authors, Association of Learned, Professional Society Publishers, Feb 03, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This text of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers's written testimony to a British House of Commons Committee allows that open access journals may exist and be treated equally with respect to Research Assessment Exercise and other selection exercises, but plays down the impact of rising journal prices, noting that the number of articles per journal has increased. Most interesting is the comment that journals compete for authors, not readers. Also worth noting is the submission's unsunstantiated assertion that the authors of unrefereed preprints may be legally liable for damages caused by any errors or omissions, a responsibility that does not seem to extend to their paid counterparts. PDF file.
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