Re: [802SEC] FW: [UAI] letter of resignation from Machine Learning journal (fw d)
I can only agree with your comments. This (or similar) is the publication
model that I would like to see adopted by the IEEE, and adopting it right
now would not be any too soon, in my opinion.
Athough the "Get IEEE 802" programme is a considerable advance on where we
were hitherto, it really doesn't make it when compared with where we need
At 12:01 09/10/2001 -0400, Montague, John E wrote:
>This is forwarded for your information. I urge you to consider and promote
>the JMLR model as an intellectual property approach for the IEEE-SA, the
>IEEE, and all its affiliated societies. What makes this so attractive?
>-- rapid on-line availability to everyone at no cost
>-- timely hard copy available for those who need it
>-- IEEE entities retain sponsorship credit, quality control, and resulting
>industry leadership image
>-- IEEE continues to be the "first print publisher"
>-- authors (the entire committee voting membership, individual and
>institutional) retain rights to their work
>The JMLR model, or something like it, is the way of the future for all
>technical literature. Failure by the IEEE (and ACM, and ...) to do
>something similar will likely result in a repetition of the scenario below.
>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: Mon, 08 Oct 2001 16:28:26 -0700
>From: Michael Jordan <email@example.com>
>To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
>Subject: [UAI] letter of resignation from Machine Learning journal
>Dear colleagues in machine learning,
>The forty people whose names appear below have resigned from the Editorial
>Board of the Machine Learning Journal (MLJ). We would like to make our
>resignations public, to explain the rationale for our action, and to
>indicate some of the implications that we see for members of the machine
>learning community worldwide.
>The machine learning community has come of age during a period of enormous
>change in the way that research publications are circulated. Fifteen years
>ago research papers did not circulate easily, and as with other research
>communities we were fortunate that a viable commercial publishing model was
>in place so that the fledgling MLJ could begin to circulate. The needs of
>the community, principally those of seeing our published papers circulate as
>widely and rapidly as possible, and the business model of commercial
>publishers were in harmony.
>Times have changed. Articles now circulate easily via the Internet, but
>unfortunately MLJ publications are under restricted access. Universities
>and research centers can pay a yearly fee of $1050 US to obtain unrestricted
>access to MLJ articles (and individuals can pay $120 US). While these fees
>provide access for institutions and individuals who can afford them, we feel
>that they also have the effect of limiting contact between the current
>machine learning community and the potentially much larger community of
>researchers worldwide whose participation in our field should be the fruit
>of the modern Internet.
>None of the revenue stream from the journal makes its way back to authors,
>and in this context authors should expect a particularly favorable return on
>their intellectual contribution---they should expect a service that
>maximizes the distribution of their work. We see little benefit accruing to
>our community from a mechanism that ensures revenue for a third party by
>restricting the communication channel between authors and readers.
>In the spring of 2000, a new journal, the Journal of Machine Learning
>Research (JMLR), was created, based on a new vision of the journal
>publication process in which the editorial board and authors retain
>significant control over the journal's content and distribution. Articles
>published in JMLR are available freely, without limits and without
>conditions, at the journal's website, http://www.jmlr.org. The content and
>format of the website are entirely controlled by the editorial board, which
>also serves its traditional function of ensuring rigorous peer review of
>journal articles. Finally, the journal is also published in a hardcopy
>version by MIT Press.
>Authors retain the copyright for the articles that they publish in JMLR.
>The following paragraph is taken from the agreement that every author signs
>with JMLR (see www.jmlr.org/forms/agreement.pdf):
>You [the author] retain copyright to your article, subject only to the
>specific rights given to MIT Press and to the Sponsor [the editorial board]
>in the following paragraphs. By retaining your copyright, you are reserving
>for yourself among other things unlimited rights of electronic distribution,
>and the right to license your work to other publishers, once the article has
>been published in JMLR by MIT Press and the Sponsor [the editorial board].
>After first publication, your only obligation is to ensure that appropriate
>first publication credit is given to JMLR and MIT Press.
>We think that many will agree that this is an agreement that is reflective
>of the modern Internet, and is appealing in its recognition of the rights of
>authors to distribute their work as widely as possible. In particular,
>authors can leave copies of their JMLR articles on their own homepage.
>Over the years the editorial board of MLJ has expanded to encompass all of
>the various perspectives on the machine learning field, and the editorial
>board's efforts in this regard have contributed greatly to the sense of
>intellectual unity and community that many of us feel. We believe, however,
>that there is much more to achieve, and that our further growth and further
>impact will be enormously enhanced if via our flagship journal we are able
>to communicate more freely, easily, and universally.
>Our action is not unprecedented. As documented at the Scholarly Publishing
>and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) website, http://www.arl.org/sparc,
>there are many areas in science where researchers are moving to low-cost
>publication alternatives. One salient example is the case of the journal
>"Logic Programming". In 1999, the editors and editorial advisors of this
>journal resigned to join "Theory and Practice of Logic Programming", a
>Cambridge University Press journal that encourages electronic dissemination
>In summary, our resignation from the editorial board of MLJ reflects our
>belief that journals should principally serve the needs of the intellectual
>community, in particular by providing the immediate and universal access to
>journal articles that modern technology supports, and doing so at a cost
>that excludes no one. We are excited about JMLR, which provides this access
>and does so unconditionally. We feel that JMLR provides an ideal vehicle to
>support the near-term and long-term evolution of the field of machine
>learning and to serve as the flagship journal for the field. We invite all
>of the members of the community to submit their articles to the journal and
>to contribute actively to its growth.