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Re: DISCLAIMER (was Re: [CfP] Journal of Web Semantics (JWS) - Special Issue on Ontology Engineering)

From: Stian Soiland-Reyes <soiland-reyes@manchester.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 16:20:52 +0000
To: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>
CC: semantic-web <semantic-web@w3.org>, Matthew Horridge <matthew.horridge@stanford.edu>, Sarven Capadisli <info@csarven.ca>
Message-ID: <8f025bd5-1a74-4042-bba9-dd7e10dc070c@email.android.com>
I agree that it is long due for the Semantic Web community to abandon wholesale any publication mechanism that have profit first, PDF second and Web third.

It should be a minimum for our community, about the free and open Web, linked with shared vocabularies, to publish only in journals that are 100% Open Access, with reasonable fees and with Open Access sponsor mechanisms for less fortunate academics. Authors must retain their copyright so they can, if they so choose, co-distribute their own articles pre- and post-print on the Web without having to rely on the publisher's mechanisms.

On 5 Aug 2017 1:07 pm, Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org> wrote:
While normally I consider the desire to publish scientific papers in HTML as quite silly given the lack of support of MathML by major browsers and the need to use LateX in computer science, I agree the scientific community - especially the Semantic Web community, a community in theory devoted to open data - should refuse to publish or review in Elsevier journals given their particularly atrocious track record, including support of SOPA/PIPA etc. in the past:

For more, see the Elsevier boycott:

Note in response to the boycott, Elsevier now has open access journals. Obviously the Web Semantics journal could become an Open Access journal:


Why is it not?

 Now both Elsevier and Springer has a somewhat absurd but better 'pay for open access model' and DeGruyter has open access for *everyone* without payment policies.

I am going to point out that sadly the W3C has DRM in its use-cases for Digital Publishing though in order to enforce paywalls (even for articles published in HTML), and I believe this is something, just like the Encrypted Media Extensions, that open data advocates and Semantic Web groups should push back against heavily in any so-called "Open Web" standard in order to keep DRM out of the actual use-cases.


It is now euphemistically called "Escalating Trust" in the W3C use-case document. I am sure EFF and friends will notice this quite quickly:


On Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 11:34 PM, Sarven Capadisli <info@csarven.ca<mailto:info@csarven.ca>> wrote:
On 2017-08-02 20:07, Matthew Horridge wrote:
> The Journal of Web Semantics invites submissions for a special issue on
> Ontology Engineering to be edited by Valentina Tamma, Matthew Horridge,
> and Bijan Parsia.
> https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-web-semantics/call-for-papers/special-issue-on-ontology-engineering

This advertisement omitted disclaimers in order to participate:

* Researchers must either 1) surrender exclusive publishing and
distribution license of their work to the for-profit third-party
publisher, thereby making their knowledge only accessible to the
privileged. See also [1]. Alternatively, 2) pay additional fees to make
their work publicly accessible for "free" [2].

* Researchers are are not offered to use native Web technologies, and
must must obey publisher's desktop/print centric publishing pipeline.

* Researchers must accept full responsibility that their inability or
refusal to use native Web technologies to make their knowledge on "Web
Semantics" available on the Web for anyone to access for free, may
potentially have negative consequences in their careers.

If the journal editors (Valentina Tamma, Matthew Horridge, and Bijan
Parsia) are dedicating their time from government funded - taxpayer -
projects/initiatives, you are invited to reconsider how you invest your
time and expertise in pursuit of scientific and academic integrity, eg.
stop doing free labour for the third-party publisher, and direct your
energy towards ethical options to better serve your community (and
arguably humanity).

[1] Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 27,

[2] In a nutshell, the taxpayers are paying for: the research to take
place, peer-reviews, preparation of the articles and data for
publication, editorial, handing over the works to the publisher, renting
the publications for elite access via libraries, academic institutions,
and other systems back from the third-party publisher. In the case of
"open access" route, taxpayers are required to pay additional fees on
top of originally allocated.


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