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Re: [Fsfe-france] Creation de deux revues scientifiques "gratuites"

From: Laurent GUERBY
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-france] Creation de deux revues scientifiques "gratuites"
Date: 01 Jun 2003 14:52:20 +0200

On Sat, 2003-05-31 at 15:06, Loic Dachary wrote:
> > http://www.lemonde.fr/article/0,5987,3244--321281-,00.html
> > Le modèle économique proposé par la PLoS repose sur une contributio=
> > n financière des auteurs
>       Je trouve cette approche particulièrement bizarre. J'ai entendu
> dire qu'elle était évoquée à l'ACM en ce moment. Plus tu es riche plus
> tu publie. Les revues scientifiques transformées en publi rédactionel ?
> Hum.
>       J'espère qu'ils trouveront autre chose.

Voir a la fin du message pour les extraits pertinents. 

Actuellement les gens impliques dans ce type de projet estiment qu'ils
faut une source de financement pour rentrer dans la place
contre les publications commerciales au moins a court
terme, a plus long terme il semble evident que
les couts vont aller a zero. 

Ca me semble bien joue, l'idee est de capter une partie des budgets des
grosses institutions et fondations qui sont actuellement
diriges vers les editeurs "classiques" et qui servent
donc au lobbying anti publication ouverte.

Il y a des annees de debat derriere ce mouvement.



Why should I have to pay to publish my paper?
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essential final step in the research - the publication. The benefit to
you as an author is immediate access to the broadest possible
readership. Endorsing this view, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
which funds some of the world's leading scientific research, has
committed to paying publication costs of up to US$3000 per year as a
funding supplement for the scientists whose work it funds, so long as
their work is published in an open-access journal. 

What if I can't afford the publication charges?
The ability of authors or their institutions to pay publication charges
will never be a consideration in the decision whether to publish.

Voir aussi <http://www.plos.org/journals/model.html>

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