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2 September, 2019

Well said, Chris!

May I respond to the observations?

1. The concept of OA stems from the dual (and overlapping) perspectives of publishing colours and archiving colours - - where gold referred to journals publishing digital articles that were 'freely accessible' to readers without paywalls regardless of the business model that made such OA possible (author pays, institution pays, publisher or sponsor pays, etc.), and green referred to the authors being able to archive (re-use) both pre-print and post-print versions of their article (generally retaining copyright). Therefore, most truly OA journals are de facto both gold and green, but it is important to point out the diminishing re-use possible for authors in the blue, yellow, and white archiving models.

2. I agee with you 100%. In retrospect, these are not myths (number 2 certainly isn't, as my personal experience, like yours, also proves). However, the discussion was conducted over a 4-week period using the term "Myths" -- and we cannot change that. It would have been great if this point had been reiterated earlier (I did post an extensive example to prove it was not a myth). Maybe we should make a distinction between the ideal rhetoric and the reality - while one might argue they should be "myths" based on the ideal definition of OA, they are not "myths" based on practical, real-world experience.

Cheers,

Joey

HIFA profile: José Florencio F. Lapeña is a Director of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), immediate past President of the Asia Pacific Association of Medical Journal Editors (APAME) and President of the Philippine Association of Medical Journal Editors (PAMJE). lapenajf AT upm.edu.ph