Steven Harnad's Subversive Proposal is 20 years old
04/07/2014

20 years have passed since Stevan Harnad (ULg Honorary Doctorate, 2013) published his Subversive proposal. This 1994 call to researchers to self-archive their scientific publications remains one of the most significant benchmarks of a time when researchers began to be aware of the need to take back control of the publication of their own scientific productions.

This anniversary is an opportunity to take stock of the progress which has been made and examine current developments in the subject, discussed in this interview with Stevan Harnad by Richard Poynder. Here, he once again stresses the importance of self-archiving at a time when Open Access Gold (publication by the publisher in Open Access) remains, in the majority of cases, too costly in comparison with the current real costs of publication (Fools Gold).

This interview also highlights the fact that our Open Access model (the Liège model policy) is held up as exemplary: proof that we are on the right road (the green one).


What Subversive Proposals are there for 2014?

In response to Richard Poynder's question, Stevan Harnad says he would like to address his proposal to those funding research. With hindsight, he realised that (public and private) bodies funding research were the most effective in terms of placing scientific publications in open access: establishing Open Access policies and mandates, creating self-archiving tools, providing help for researchers, communication, etc. This is because OA enables them to disseminate, store, use and get the most out of the research which they are funding!

This interview also highlights the fact that our Open Access model (the Liège model policy) is held up as exemplary: proof that we are on the right road (the green one).

Stevan Harnad continues by proposing a new Subversive Proposal in this note.

For more information, take a look at Stevan Harnad's presentation during the debate on The Future of Open Access which took place during the ceremony to mark the start of the 2013 academic year. On this occasion, the University of Liège awarded Stevan Harnad with an Honorary Doctorate.