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Interview on OA

Anita Buerk's short interview with me just appeared in Springer's Author Zone newsletter. I commend Springer for publishing my criticism of the company. Springer does a lot right. (It's the world's largest OA publisher.) But then Anita asked me, "In your opinion, what are the obstacles funding bodies face?" My answer:

"Some publishers, including Springer..., lobby against OA mandates at public funding agencies....[T]hat's equivalent to arguing that public agencies should put the private interests of publishers ahead of the public interest in research, or that the public should compromise and publishers should not compromise....Unfortunately, special-interest lobbying sometimes succeeds in delaying or diluting effective policies...."

Springer published a short response to my comment, and I published a short response to its response. That was a good way to do it.

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Thanks for this -- as someone who's still relatively new to to the research world but passionate about open access, I had a sense that Springer was doing some of the right things, but not all the right things.
Thx for sharing, Peter. Only saw this now, when jumping on the the Google+ train.
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