In this recent blog post Michael Eisen, a co-founder of the Public Library of Science, lends credence to the notion that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. He wryly observes that he has derived “considerable pleasure … over the past year or so, as one traditional publisher after another has responded to the smashing success of PLoS One by launching direct ripoffs that seek to capitalize on the business model we have established.”
While obviously gratified, he also notes that some of these new journals are not following the equally important PLos One lead of “adopting the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY), which allows for unrestricted reuse and redistribution subject only to the constraint that the original authors and source be cited.” Instead they are “using exclusively (or in one case optionally) licenses that restrict commercial reuse or the generation of derivative works.” Mr. Eisen takes obvious exception to this.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.