[Coral-List] Open Access to the ICRS proceedings

John Ware jware at erols.com
Thu Apr 22 12:50:43 EDT 2004

Dear Paul and List:

Let's not forget that the International Society for Reef Studies does not
own the proceedings.  Ownership and copyright of each Proceedings belongs
to the publisher and/or Local Organizing Committee.

John Ware
Treasurer, ISRS

Paul Blanchon wrote:

> I think it is about time that the whole idea of a hard-copy proceedings
> for this very large and unwieldy conference is reconsidered.
> This year, the Okinawa conference organisers will distribute the
> proceedings on CD-ROM, which is a step in the right direction. But this
> is still effectively grey literature given that very few copies make it
> to accessible libraries and there is no online access. As a
> consequence, even less people get to see the science when it eventually
> gets published. To some extent, this explains the trend over the last
> two ICRS conferences for contributors to publish their work in special
> issues of international journals rather than in the proceedings--which
> I see as a continuing trend if things don't change. With the odd
> exception, it is generally the case that all those who publish work
> only in the proceedings will be doomed to obscurity.
> In my opinion, the time has come to make the proceedings web-based,
> open access publications uploaded and archived by the ICRS. They could
> be restricted to conference attendees in the first year of publication
> (ensuring that ICRS makes its money in conference fees) and later
> released to all with internet access. This will ensure a much wider and
> quicker circulation and make the proceedings altogether more useful. It
> sounds like a lot of work for the ICRS, but if authors submit their
> final (reviewed) manuscripts as pdf files it should be a walk in the
> park compared to the present unhappy situation.
> Saludos
> Paul.
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