The Council for British Archaeology and the Society of Antiquaries of London organised an open meeting on 20 October 2003 to discuss issues relating to the electronic publishing of archaeological journals. Some 60 people attended.
Following the meeting a proposal was drafted to establish a consortium of publishers of archaeological journals, led by the CBA and the Society of Antiquaries of London, to make available in electronic format, to paying subscribers, the contents of current print journals and monograph series. It is envisaged that this will enable archaeological publishers to access new markets and expand readership of their publications, and also generate extra revenue.
During the first six months of 2004 considerable support for the proposal was received from a variety of national, regional and local organisations. Consequently, a further open meeting was held on 14 June 2004 at the Society of Antiquaries of London to discuss more detailed plans for taking the consortium proposal forward.
Subsequent to this June 2004 meeting, a revised and expanded set of key principles for the proposed consortium's operations has now been drafted, taking on board discussion at the meeting. Work is now underway on the underpinning legal documents and copyright licences. We aim to have these available by the end of October 2004.
We plan to write to all potential consortium members with final versions of all these necessary documents, asking them to sign up to join the consortium, by the end of 2004.
We would welcome further feedback on this proposal and the key principles (available at http://www.access2archaeology.info).
Mike Heyworth (Director Designate, CBA)
Martin Millett (Director, Society of Antiquaries of London)
Dr Mike Heyworth, Director Designate, Council for British Archaeology
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