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8 Responses to “OUP wants me to pay for my own Open Access article”
For clarification, it has never been our policy to charge our own authors for the re-use of their material in the continuation of their own research and wider educational purposes, and this includes authors of articles published under a subscription model.
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PMR: Thank you Kirsty for the prompt response and the remedial action. Yes, I assumed this was an error. However it is a serious one as Peter Suber comments:
Comment. OUP adopted CC licenses for Nucleic Acids Research (as well as for most of its hybrid OA journals) —presumably to replace RightsLink pages and permission fees. So it is especially disappointing to see this mistake continue. Appearing to leave permission barriers in place is as bad as actually leaving them in place, at least for conscientious readers who will seek permission for uses that exceed fair use or give up and err on the side of non-use. Publishers should not want to make readers less conscientious in this sense, just as they should not want to give authors less than what they paid for and provide less than what they promise.
PMR: Exactly my concerns. I have looked at several hybrid journals from TA-publishers and almost universally they fail to provide a top-class service to the author who has paid for a special product. For some the service is so similar to the closed access product it is hardly worth buying.
I am disappointed that the general standard of OA among mainstream publishers is so poor. (Robbie) The licence information varies enormously between each and requires a huge amount of effort to understand. (Josh) Thank you – this is very serious. Effectively Ingenta have been selling free content. Of course, IF the licence had been CC-BY instead of CC-NC they would – perhaps – have been legally entitled to do so but it would be highly distasteful. But CC-NC expressly forbids this. (BTW I am a proponent of CC-BY – it is OUP who – I think – insists on this. How ironic!)