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Thursday, 31st December 2009

Open Access: SPARC Sends Letter to UK Academic Asking Him to Stop Posting Critiques to OSTP Blog

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Stevan Harnad, professor of cognitive science at the University of Southampton, has said it is his personal mission to "ram open access down everybody's throats".

But his postings on a blog launched by the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to discuss ways to improve public access to federally funded research have caused controversy.

The pro-open access Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has written to Professor Harnad to ask him to stop posting critiques that inhibit new open-access advocates from participating in the forum.

"Some of our community members are hesitating to participate, as they are concerned that the dynamic has become 'post a comment and have it critiqued by Stevan'," writes Heather Joseph, SPARC's executive director.

The article goes on to say that Professor Harnad as agreed "voluntarily and willingly" and his detailed comments will be sent offline.

Source: Times Higher Education

See Also: OSTP Blog Post, "Policy Forum on Public Access to Federally Funded Research: Implementation"


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