Stevan Harnad, professor of cognitive science at the University of Southampton, has said it is his personal mission to “ram open access down everybody’s throats”.
But his postings on a blog launched by the US Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to discuss ways to improve public access to federally funded research have caused controversy.
The pro-open access Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has written to Professor Harnad to ask him to stop posting critiques that inhibit new open-access advocates from participating in the forum.
“Some of our community members are hesitating to participate, as they are concerned that the dynamic has become ‘post a comment and have it critiqued by Stevan’,” writes Heather Joseph, SPARC’s executive director.
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