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Sci-Tech Not-For-Profit Publishers Commit to Limited Open Access

:: Barbara Quint reports in Information Today that 48 top STM societies and not--for-profit publishers have inked the "Washington DC Principles for Free Access to Science", which proclaims their collective commitment to providing free access and dissemination of published research findings. Quint notes that while the press release indicated that the societies signing the DC Principles publish >380 journals, in actual fact, the total is 115, and are all hosted on HighWire Press:

Confusion over the 380 journals claimed by the press release stems from the participation of the Society of National Association Publications (http://www.snaponline.org) and its 265 titles. SNAP is a professional society serving associations with publishing operations and does not control individual member policies. However, SNAP does endorse and recommend the DC Principles to its scholarly society members. The 265 title count, according to Peter Banks of SNAP, constitutes its full membership, not just the scholarly society members. He hoped that corrections to the DC Principles Web site would clarify the matter.

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