Does Association of American Publishers serve to guard integrity of scientific publication?
4 August 2004
Dear Ms. Meredith,
Your e.mail letter reminded that Association of American Publishers' (AAP) report "Setting the Record Straight About Academic Journal Publishing" is a public document (see below), but sadly showed no intention to talk on the integrity of scientific publication, that my previous e.mail explicitly asked you about.
I worry that one could interpret the lack of your determination on this matter as AAP endorsement of a publisher wrongdoing. In my view the lack of your response on the UK Parliamentary inquiry written evidence on Editorial and Publisher corruption by major STM titles would catch public interest in biomedical publication completely off guard. Is this what scientific and lay public deserve from the AAP?
I send the copy of this communication to Public
Library of Science (PLoS) and to Congressman
Martin Olav Sabo (because AAP report "Setting the Record Straight About
Academic Journal Publishing" opposes PLoS and Congressman Sabo), to NIH
director Elias Zerhouni (because of my correspondence relation to his
with you and a number of STM publishers, also see FOS
News Blog of 11 July, 2004), and to Presidents' Science advisor John
H. Marburger (because of my recent Open
Letter to the President GW Bush).
At 07:43 AM 8/2/2004 -0400, Barbara J. Meredith wrote:
Dear Dr Koudinov:
Thank you for your interest in AAP/PSP's web information. "Setting the Record Straight About Academic Journal Publishing" is a public document posted on the AAP's Professional/Scholarly Publishing website. It was written by (and represents the views of ) the Association's scholarly and professional member publisher organizations.
Barbara J. Meredith
At 03:52 AM 8/2/2004 +0300, Alexei Koudinov wrote:
Lets Set the Record Straight About Academic Journal Publishing
cc: Barbara J. Meredith, Vice President
1 August 2004
Dear Ms. Brandwein,
I read with interest AAP July 2004 report "Setting the Record Straight About Academic Journal Publishing" announced as Open Access News Blog on August 1, 2004.
A. The unfair practices of major scientific journals (including representing conventional subscription-based publishing system journal Nature; Science magazine; Elsevier's Cell Press Neuron and Cell; Elsevier's Brain Research...) illustrate editorial and publishing institution corruption, and their apparent inability to serve public interest.
B. The presented evidence show that questioned journals serve a private interest, and that there is no working mechanism to force these journals or their publishing institutions to amend things and thus observe their own broken self-declared ethical guidelines.
-- UK Parliament Science and Technology Committee inquiry on Scientififc Publication (Ref 1).
I and others look forward hearing from you.
1. Memorandum from Dr. Alexei Koudinov. Science and Technology - Tenth Report, Volume II, Oral and Written Evidence, House of Commons Publication HC399II (20 July 2004) pp.394-404 [ .HTML FullText ].