Access policy of Cortex journal

In the post Another TA editorial on OA (Open Access News, December 23, 2008), Peter Suber pointed out that an Editorial by Sergio Della Sala and Jordan Grafman, Cortex new open access policy, Cortex 2008(Nov 21) [Epub ahead of print] can’t be accessed by non-subscribers.  I was able to obtain access via the University of Toronto Libraries. Excerpts from the full text:

Ever since we took over as editors, Cortex has adopted a complete Open Access policy (see [Harnad, 2002] and [Suber, 2002]). We stated in one of our early editorials (Grafman and Della Sala, 2002) that ideally the output of scientific research, especially if funded by tax-payers’ money, should not be treated as private property. Hence, we supported the establishment of open archives of scientific literature with unrestricted access.

However, since Cortex is published by the Elsevier Group, a company that must make a profit, we will now have to comply with the policies set up by Elsevier. Since 2004, Elsevier has employed the “Open Access Green Route”. This implies that as well as traditional print and online publishing of the article, the final, pre-print version of the article is released to the authors for their distribution, usually online, free of charge.


Further and updated information could be found at the following Elsevier web pages:

For copyright and authors’ rights:

For agreements with specific funding bodies:


Grafman J and Della Sala S. Cortex on line. Cortex, 38: 1, 2002.

Harnad S. Six proposals for freeing online access to the refereed literature and how the cortex initiative can help. Cortex, 38: 93–99, 2002.

Suber P. Where does the free online scholarship movement stand today? Cortex, 38: 261–264, 2002.

Comment: According to the full text of the first of these 3 references, Cortex was initially published (beginning in 2001) by Masson Italia. This publisher, previously independent, is now a subsidiary of Elsevier.


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