The Society for Scholarly Publishing denounces Public Access to Federal Research

The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) recently posted the following statement:

The Expanding Public Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research proposal from the Office of the President is absurd.  Scholarly publishers make information public, not the government.  (When is the last time you saw any information published by the US Government?)  They have no God Damned right to say how publishers should do business with their private research works.  Just because the government pays for research does not mean that they have any right to limit the profits derived from the publicly funded research.  The system needs to be sustainable.  In other words, commercial publishers need to keep reaping huge profits from the fruits of the labor of researchers who hand them the articles for free and provide peer-reviewing services.  Never mind the fact that many publicly funded educational institutions pay for access to that research.  The commercial publishers have it coming and going.  The member publishers need to hide access to publications.  Pay no attention to the fact that the point of public-ation is to make information available to the public.  Our industry is a cash cow!  Please, please, please don’t take it away!

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  • Carol Anne Meyer  On February 24, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    This is obviously a spoof. The Society for Scholarly Publishing does not take positions on political matters. The Society is comprised of a diverse collection of individuals who work commercial publishers, not-for-profit publishers, open access publishers, academic libraries, technology vendors, and government agencies.

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