- Timo Hannay from Nature. An early sponsor of our work and champion of innovation
- David James, Richard Kidd and Colin Batchelor from RSC (and Alan McNaught) who have supportour work for several years. Colin was here on Tuesday involved in developing methods for semantic chemistry
- David Martinsen from ACS, who has consistently supported new ideas and run the spring ACS meeting on new ideas in publishing
- Brian McMahon and Peter Strickland from IUCr who have also supported our work and built superb scientific semantics.
From Peter Suber:
A new initiative was announced today to bring together like minded scholarly societies, publishers, researchers and other professionals in an effort to safeguard the scientific and medical peer-review process and educate the public about the risks of proposed government interference with the scholarly communication process.[much egregious lying]
Anyone who wishes to sign on to the PRISM Principles may do so on the site.
Bill: Fortunately for us all, Peter has already responded; I won’t excerpt his point-by-point rebuttal here, you should go read it all.This is disgusting. This runs counter to everything that science, academia, scholarship (and scholarly publishing!) stand for.
There are no names on the PRISM site yet — but I’m going to find as many as I can and publish them here. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and I want to know just who is taking part in this revolting effort to steal from the commons and turn public goods into private profit.
(We can start with the AAP: their members page is essentially one long list of companies and organizations with whom I will assiduously avoid doing business until and unless they dissociate themselves from PRISM, and preferably from the AAP altogether.)
More later. Oh yes indeedy.
Tom Wilson, Publisher panic, Information Research Weblog, August 24, 2007.
The commercial journal publishers are really in a state of panic. Reports from various sources point to their launch of PRISM: The Partnership for Research Integrity in Science & Medicine, a lobby organization to help them try to persuade the US Congress (and presumably Parliament in the UK) to ban Open Access. Of course, they don’t say that: we have the usual weasel-worded statement that lobby organizations in the USA seem to be adept at….
[On the alleged threat to peer review] they are simply lying, and they know it. Free OA, scholarly journals operate the same peer review process as do commercial journals: if they didn’t scholars wouldn’t publish in them, but free, collaboratively supported journals are growing in number and take away submissions from the commercial journals, which will find it harder and harder to maintain quality….
What this recent initiative by the publishers points to is that the only sure way for the scholarly communities to take charge of the scholarly communication process is to rid themselves of their commercial exploiters and promote the publication of free, collaboratively produced and subsidised journals….