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

From: Harry Halpin <hhalpin@ibiblio.org>
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2017 23:59:38 -1100
Message-ID: <CAE1ny+5e8=M7ScW98fb7+_CpkLyR+XfqXdp7XzN5VUD6GbPbzw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Sarven Capadisli <info@csarven.ca>
Cc: Matthew Horridge <matthew.horridge@stanford.edu>, "semantic-web@w3.org" <semantic-web@w3.org>
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> 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,
> http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/
> [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.
> -Sarven
> http://csarven.ca/#i
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