[IRTalk] A challenge to publishers to justify embargo periods | Green Tea and Velociraptors

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Aug 10 08:10:44 SAST 2016

*I challenge any publisher therefore to justify the use of embargo periods*.
If you add so much value to the process, you shouldn’t need embargo
periods. You should be able to destroy any competing versions of articles
easily, right? And the price you charge is clearly a reflection of that.

I welcome an evidence-informed response to this challenge. If one is not
forthcoming, I call on policymakers and research institutes to completely
ignore publisher-enforced embargo periods, as they are completely arbitrary
and unjustifiable.

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