[EP-tech] Martin Hall's Defence of the UK Finch Committee Recommendations: Green or Gold? Open Access After Finch

Stevan Harnad amsciforum at gmail.com
Sat Nov 10 02:09:09 GMT 2012

*** Cross-Posted ***

Martin Hall: "Green or Gold? Open Access After Finch"

This turns out to be a stunningly superficial defence of the Finch Report
by one of its authors (and the one from whom one might have hoped for a
much fuller grasp of the Green/Gold contingencies, priorities and

The substance of Martin Hall's defence of the Finch recommendation that the
UK should (double-)pay for Gold instead of strengthening its mandate for
Green is that (1) Gold provides the publisher's version of record, rather
than just the author's peer-reviewed final draft, that (2) Gold provides
text-mining rights and that (3) Gold is the way to solve the journal price

What Hall does not even consider is whether the publisher's version of
record and text-mining rights are worth the asking price of Gold, compared
to cost-free Green. His account (like everyone else's) is also
astonishingly vague and fuzzy about how the transition to Gold is to take
place in the UK. *And Hall (like Finch) completely fails to take the rest
of the world into account.* All the reckoning about the future of
publishing is based on the UK's policy for its 6%.

Hall quotes Peter Suber's objection but does not answer it; and he does not
even bother to mention (nor give any sign of being aware of) the substance
of my own many, very specific points of criticism about both the Finch
recommendations and the RCUK policy. (This is rather consistent, however,
since if Hall had given any of these points some serious thought, it is
hard to see how he could have endorsed the Finch recommendations in the
first place; most had already been made before Finch.)

The Swan/Houghton economic analyses, too, are cited by Hall, as if in
support, but in fact not heeded at all.

It will be instructive to see whether the remarkable superficiality of
Hall's defence of Finch is noticed by the UK academic community, or it is
just catalogued as further "authoritative support" for Finch/RCUK.

Stevan Harnad

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.* D-Lib Magazine* Volume 18, Number 9/10 September/October 2012

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