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November 13, 2009


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I think this is a great idea, and hope other similar partnerships between blogs and journals will follow.

Yeah! This is really cool.

Brilliant idea. Could we get some kind of system going where someone writes a short intro to that article (in the way we have had reading groups here before)? Of course the author of the article would be ideal but failing that we could have some kind of a circulating system...

Should read these more carefully. Of course it already mentions the critical precis. Well done...

I think this is an excellent idea ... except for the disappointing news that the open access copy of the article will only be made available for a paltry three months. I know I for one have come back to PEA Soup long after the active discussions are over to see what the smart people here had to say on a given topic. And I think it's an important principle that anyone should be able to do this and have access to all the discussion materials as far as possible, whether or not they have the privilege of access to institutional subscriptions.
Can't U of Chicago Press afford to make these selected articles open access in perpetuity (as Philosopher's Annual does?). How would it hurt their revenue streams to do so?

Well done, Souper Powers! This is a great idea.

This is such a great idea, I'm sure it won't be long until other prominent group blogs follow suit.

Is Souper Friends already old news?

People should know that we have Josh Glasgow to thank both for taking the initiative in bringing this proposal to Ethics and for handling the long negotiations that ensued. Of course, as Josh notes, we have the Editor, Henry S. Richardson, and the Managing Editor, Catherine Galko Campbell, to thank for their support and for their help in making this happen. And we have Dan Boisvert to thank for formatting the handsome Ethics cover icons and the special "Ethics at PEA Soup" page.

Simon: We tried, of course, to get the U of Chicago Press to go for free, open, and unlimited access to the relevant article for each issue, but we were ultimately unsuccessful. Nevertheless, I think that the U of Chicago Press should be commended for taking such an important step. I don't know of any other major print journal making one article from each issue freely available for three months or partnering with a blog to facilitate timely and open discussion of some of its content. I think that this is a pretty exciting development, and we owe everyone involved much thanks and appreciation for all the hard work that went into bringing this to fruition.

Great idea - nice work!

Doug: Thanks - I didn't mean to come off sounding quite so negative. While I'm not a fan of the present widespread acceptance of heavy copyright restrictions on academic research, I do agree that this is a step in the right direction (and a hard-won one, by the sound of it!). And it's certainly an exciting development for this blog. Thanks to Josh and the others involved!

Thanks for the enthusiasm, everyone. We really hope it will be a productive partnership, so be sure to look for the first installment around the end of the year.

(Also, perhaps we can collectively encourage authors whose articles are featured in this series to put their articles on their personal Web sites.)

Though I basically agree with Simon about copyright, I think probably it's not a big practical issue in this case, because the large majority of our readers will have access to ETHICS online through their libraries.
Or is that not right? I'm just assuming.

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