Fwd: The Subversive Proposal at 20

Eugene Garfield eugene.garfield at THOMSONREUTERS.COM
Tue Jul 1 13:54:41 EDT 2014

Congratulations to Stevan Harnad on this 20th anniversary. Gene Garfield

From: ASIS&T Special Interest Group on Metrics [mailto:SIGMETRICS at LISTSERV.UTK.EDU] On Behalf Of Stevan Harnad
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2014 8:02 AM
Subject: [SIGMETRICS] Fwd: The Subversive Proposal at 20

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From: Richard Poynder <richard.poynder at btinternet.com<mailto:richard.poynder at btinternet.com>>
Date: Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 2:36 AM
Subject: [GOAL] The Subversive Proposal at 20
To: "Global Open Access List (Successor of AmSci)" <goal at eprints.org<mailto:goal at eprints.org>>

Twenty years ago, on June 27th 1994, cognitive scientist Stevan Harnad posted a message on a mailing list, a message he headed "A Subversive Proposal". This called on all researchers to make copies of the papers they published in scholarly journals freely available on the Internet.
The message sparked a protracted discussion, and eventually led to the publication of a book called "Scholarly Journals at the Crossroads: A Subversive Proposal for Electronic Publishing".
Today the Subversive Proposal is viewed as one of the seminal texts of the open access movement.
Last Friday, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Subversive Proposal, I emailed Harnad nine questions. I have published these questions, with Harnad's answers attached, on my blog. In his answers Harnad proposes an updated Subversive Proposal for 2014.
The Q&A can be read here:


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And, for paleontologists, the 1994 Subversive Proposal at 15, 10 & 5:


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