Subject: "NEAR"
From: Peter Kibby (Peter.Kibby@tfpl.com)
Date: ti 28 syys   1999 - 19:13:27 EEST

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Jeremy Rees asked for a reference to NEAR. Perhaps he means the National
Electronic Article Repository proposed by David E. Shulenburger
(Provost, University of Kansas), in Moving With Dispatch to Resolve the
Scholarly Communication Crisis: From Here to NEAR, which can be found at

By its nature it's a US proposal, and focuses the ownership of work on
funders/employers rather than its authors/employees. I know of no
equivalent elsewhere. The renewed interest in the ownership of IP by the
funders, however, is paralleled by the proposal by Caltech and others to
create the Scholar's Forum
(http://library.caltech.edu/publications/scholarsforum/), and the
anxiety of many authors about the role of the NIH in PubMed Central
(E-Biomed) -- which unlike the others is not just a proposal.

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>From: Jeremy Rees[SMTP:ivain@easynet.co.uk]
>Sent: 23 September 1999 10:49
>To: Denisen@library.wits.ac.za
>Subject: Copyright: keep or assign to pblishers
>Dear Denise
>I was very interested in your list message that Barbara Schleihagen posted
>to the ecup-list.
>I have much sympathy with the points you raise, particularly in the role of
>an author who is not employed by an academic institution but is invited to
>contribute to academic journals. Such writing can take up a
>disproportionate amount of time, especially for refereed articles.
>In response to the inevitable contract form to assign exclusive rights (or,
>at best, joint copyright) to the publisher I reply that I am quite happy to
>assign non-exclusive rights to them but always receive the response that
>they can only operate on the basis of exclusive rights as it would be
>unethical for them to specify a different copyright agreement for one
>author without granting the same to all.
>I personally feel that it would be more equitable for authors to assign
>non-exclusive copyright to academic publishers, on the basis of a six-month
>exclusive right (during which the author can use extracts in other
>contexts, duly credited to the academic journal) and, thereafter they
>should have to seek the author's consent, which should not unreasonably be
>witheld. This then raises the question of payments for subsequent use....
>This also raises the spectre of publication delays (sometimes running into
>years) attendant upon much academic journal publishing. This could be
>dealt with by making the exclusive element being limited to six months from
>the delivery of the final corrected manuscript to the publisher or perhaps
>12 months from the initial commissioning date. Neither is totally
>I was interested to read of the National Electronic Article Depository
>(NEAR). Can anyone give a lead to more information about this - and to any
>equivalent initiatives outside the USA ?
>with best wishes
>Jeremy Rees
>Jeremy Rees, Director
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>e-mail : ivain@easynet.co.uk
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