Well, I have made some progress already in my quest I began on Father’s Day to free up the scientific publications of my father (see The Tree of Life: Freeing My Father’s Scientific Publications).
I wrote to the powers that be at the journal “Endocrinology” asking about when back issues might be made available. And I got a VERY quick reply from someone from Highwire Press which is the place that puts out Endocrinology on the web
Dear Jonathan Eisen,
The Endocrine Society is currently in the process of loading back issues for all of their journals. It will most likely be six months before back content is online.
The person who wrote back was almost apologetic about how long this might take but I am personally very pleased. Given that Endocrinology says the make all articles more than a year old available for free, this likely means that my father’s three papers in Endocrinology will soon be available for free online. This then changes my tally to:
Pubmed Central: 3
Free access: 17
Fee access: 11
Getting better. Of course, I want them all to be as widely available as possible so I am still going to work to move everything up the list towards Pubmed Central. Also, my brother suggests (in the comments to my previous post) that since my father was a government employee we should be able to just post his papers online. I think this is a good option but I still will be working on the “official” channels to see what happens.
Since I made the original posting there have been some useful comments about what I might do on some other sites. See for example, this FriendFeed discussion (I have just discovered FriendFeed and it seems quite cool but I am not sure if everyone can see this discussion or not so please let me know if this link does not work).
I will keep posting on my progress as well as what I learn about Copyright, Free Access, etc.