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Re: [BOAI] A proposal for evaluating and rewarding the impact of research articles
From: Stevan Harnad <harnad AT ecs.soton.ac.uk>
On Wed, 3 Sep 2003, Etienne Joly wrote: > http://www.biomedcentral.com/openaccess/forum/?letter=20030722ej > For the benefit of the scientific community, completely Open Access > to all primary scientific articles is clearly the only way to go.... > I believe... that it would be possible to set up a system > whereby papers would get evaluated for publication solely on their > scientific soundness, whilst the best papers would still get recognised > and their authors rewarded for making important contributions. For > example I would envisage that the amount charged for the publication of > their manuscript would be inversely related to the scientific impact of > that paper. The ground basis of this proposal is that papers would be > rated retroactively, and this rating would provide the authors with a > quotable evaluation of their publications that could be used on their > CVs or their grant applications. What the peer-reviewed research literature needs (urgently) today is to become freely accessible to all of its potential users worldwide, online, today. This does not call for any tampering with peer review on the basis of untested (and often very unrealistic) speculations. It only calls for free online access to the peer-reviewed research literature. The true cost of *implementing* peer review (referees referee for free), whatever that cost turns out to be, can and will be paid for in advance, by the researcher's institution or research-funder, *if and when that becomes necessary.* At the moment, it is necessary only for at most five percent (5%) -- http://www.doaj.org/ -- of the 24,000 ↵ peer-reviewed journals (3-4 million annual articles) that exist today: http://www.ulrichsweb.com/ulrichsweb/analysis/ These 24,000 journals and their 3-4 million annual articles are what we are talking about freeing online access *to* here. http://www.ulrichsweb.com/ulrichsweb/analysis/ For the remaining ninety-five percent (95%) of those 24,000 journals and 3-4 million annual articles, all that is needed in order to make them freely accessible online today is for their authors to continue to publish them in the journals of their choice -- as well as to self-archive them in their own institutional eprint archives. http://www.nature.com/nature/debates/e-access/Articles/harnad.html#B1 No need to implement any speculative changes whatosever in either peer review or its funding. The Invisible Hand of Peer Review. http://www.nature.com/nature/webmatters/invisible/invisible.html Peer Review Reform Hypothesis-Testing http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/0479.html A Note of Caution About "Reforming the System" http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/1169.html Stevan Harnad NOTE: A complete archive of the ongoing discussion of providing open access to the peer-reviewed research literature online is available at the American Scientist September Forum (98 & 99 & 00 & 01 & 02 ↵ & 03): http://amsci-forum.amsci.org/archives/september98-forum.html or http://www.cogsci.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/index.html Discussion can be posted to: september98-forum AT amsci-forum.amsci.org
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