[Oa-italia] tristezze da ACS

Susanna Mornati mornati a cilea.it
Gio 15 Nov 2007 12:58:59 CET

Giro un messaggio postato ieri da Suber sulla lista di SPARC.
Non ha bisogno di molti commenti.
La cosa ancora piu' triste e' che la persona che rivela queste 
tristezze debba rimanere anonima...
Non possiamo far altro che aiutarla a far sapere.

Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:10:37 -0500
From: Peter Suber <peters a earlham.edu>
Subject: Next moves by American Chemical Society to defeat Open Access

[Forwarding from "ACS Insider2" a.k.a. "Miss Phlogiston".  --Peter Suber.]

Fellow science enthusiasts,

I am sending you this email to alert you that ACS has a plan in place if
Open Access passes in Congress.  I've been told by multiple colleagues that
ACS executives are creating a bogus controversy that Open Access will
impede scientists' copyright privileges in regards to the studies they
publish.  ACS has already begun to "educate" scientists about intellectual
property rights, with hints that this "education" will help them protect
the integrity of their studies.

In reality, this is little more than a stealth campaign to sow confusion
and doubt among scientists who don't understand copyright law.  But why
would they? They're scientists, not lawyers.

If this attempt by ACS executives to confuse members by conflating issues
sounds familiar, that's because it is.  First, they conflated Open Access
with peer-review; now they are conflating Open Access with intellectual
property rights.

ACS might force a court case against the federal government based on
copyright law, but management and lawyers are not sure that this will
work.  At best it might just delay the inevitable.  Again, none of this is
really about what's good for scientists; it's about what works to pump up
ACS executive salaries and bonuses that are kept aloft by publishing profits.

In other news, Rudy Baum tried to defend his editorials against Open Access
in a letter that appeared on several blogs.  It's pretty blustery, and
quite frankly, humiliating for Rudy and the Society.  Apparently staff who
have read it are just embarrassed.  It's especially bad since Madeleine
Jacobs stabbed Rudy in the back by revealing to the Chronicle of Higher
Education that executive bonuses are tied to publishing profits.  No ethics.

It's just a sad year for ACS.

Until later,
ACS Insider2 (AKA Miss Phlogiston)

Rudy Baum's letter in Adventures in Ethics and Science

Rudy Baum's letter in Effect Measure

Rudy Baum wiki page

Susanna Mornati, CILEA
Project Leader AEPIC, www.aepic.it
+39 02 2699 5322, +39 348 7090 226,
mailto:mornati a cilea.it, skype: susanna.mornati

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