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

From: Sarven Capadisli <info@csarven.ca>
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2017 12:34:20 +0200
To: Matthew Horridge <matthew.horridge@stanford.edu>, "semantic-web@w3.org" <semantic-web@w3.org>
Message-ID: <3245b66b-18cc-c54d-f201-0efcd7ddd650@csarven.ca>
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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