Hey, why aren’t we part of COPE?

Two recent comments on the Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity, where students from schools not participating in the compact call on their universities to do so:

Danny Crichton, On open access, Stanford’s leadership falters, The Stanford Daily, September 29, 2009.

… The five schools that joined the compact are Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, MIT and our rivals across the Bay, Berkeley. Stanford’s name is quite conspicuously absent from this list. Our school has been one of the leaders of this movement for many years, and thus, it is discouraging to see that other schools are carrying the torch for this necessary push. …

With the announcement of this new consortium, Stanford appears to be trending behind its peer institutions in this battle over publishing. …

Our motto at Stanford is “The Wind of Freedom Blows.” Let us take that motto to heart and open up the best research on Earth. …

Lindsey Stull, Strengthening shoulders, The Daily Pennsylvanian, September 29, 2009.

… [The University of Pennsylvania]’s name is noticeably lacking from the compact. According to Vice Provost for Research Steven Fluharty, the Provost’s Office and the University Libraries plan to work together to determine the optimal way for the school to implement an openaccess policy. Emphasizing the diversity present in Penn scholarship, Fluharty stressed that “one size is not going to fit all.” He estimates that a committee charged with finding a solution to this issue will spend the next four to six months developing recommendations for a policy.

While universities should clearly seek models that best suit their own interests, this every-man-for-himself plan, in which institutions individually adopt conflicting policies, leaves much to be desired. Practically, it could mean myriad logistical difficulties for journals concerning how they cover publication costs. …

Instead, researchers, institutions and publishers should come together to create a comprehensive plan for the future of open access. …

Also see comments by Parker Higgins of Students for Free Culture.

See also our past post on COPE.