I am not a glowing open access advocate. Sure, I like the idea and hope that this will be the publishing model of the future. I also have supported OA publishing on many occasions. But unlike most prominent bloggers, I can envisage a peaceful coexistence between OA and commercial publishers. I am also unconvinced that Elsevier really is the devil, or that NPG are a bunch of sexists. And yes, I even dare to publicly talk about non-OA papers on my blog. Shame on me!
Anyway, today I noticed (via GTO) the web presence of the PISD coalition, which is truly hilarious. Of course, it is a mockup of the incredibly stupid (and widely blogged about) web page of the PRISM coalition. There are quite a number of highlights on the PISD page, most of which is written in a Q&A style. Here is a quote that I liked in particular:
Peer reviewing doesn’t cost journals anything—scientists usually referee papers for free. Isn’t that a little unfair?
It is indeed a source of consternation to many in the publishing industry that current publishing conventions provide scientists with the opportunity to referee papers at no cost.
which reminds me that I still have two papers sitting on my desk waiting to be refereed. (one OA, one not, but both at no cost. Which one should I do first? )