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[BOAI] Re: THES article on research access Friday June 6 2003
From: Stevan Harnad <harnad AT ecs.soton.ac.uk>
On Sat, 7 Jun 2003 [identity removed] wrote: > > The brief article, Friday June 6, 2003, > > in the Times Higher Education Supplement. > > http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Temp/theshort.html > > In Ariadne 35, http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue35/harnad/ Harnad ↵ writes: > > The Funding Councils should mandate that in order to be ↵ eligible > > for Research Assessment and funding, all UK research-active > > university staff must maintain (I) a standardised online ↵ RAE-CV, > > including all designated RAE performance indicators, chief ↵ among > > them being (II) the full text of every refereed research paper, > > publicly self-archived in the university's online Eprint ↵ Archive > > and linked to the CV for online harvesting, scientometric ↵ analysis > > and assessment. > > How will this affect people who move (a) between industry and > academia, and (b) between countries? It sounds to me as if it would > work only for people who stay all their life in the place they were born. Institutional Eprint Archives are OAI-compliant: http://www.openarchives.org/. That means they are all interoperable. One continues to get credit for one's publications even when one changes employment. And all research institutions, not just universities, are encouraged to create institutional Eprint Archives to maximize the impact of their research publications. The only institutions to which this would not apply would be those that do not publish their research output at all. (There, for the researcher contemplating transfering to a university, "publish or perish" is the familiar rule to ↵ consider; self-archiving is merely to maximize the impact of published research. For unpublished research, nolo contendere -- though if there are other forms of quantifiable performance indicators for such unpublished industrial research, they could certainly be listed in the researcher's standardized online CV http://paracite.eprints.org/cgi-bin/rae_front.cgi which can also be made OAI-compliant and interoperable with all other such CVs and CV-assessors.) > Or does "every refereed research paper" only mean those papers ↵ written > under the councils' funding? I absolutely agree that as long as they > pay, they can (and should) set the rules. It means every refereed paper, whether council-funded or not. The research-funders are in a position to mandate not only the publishing of the research output, but the maximizing of its impact. So are the researcher's employers (particularly as they are the co-beneficiaries of both the research funding and the research impact). It is merely a natural extension of the existing carrot/stick system we call "publish or perish" to "publish with maximal impact." > I personally think the issue should address the individual interest > ("how you can improve your academic career") rather than ↵ centralized > regulation ("the council should mandate..."). The main interest is of course that of research itself, and the reason we conduct and fund it. But the interests of an individual research career depend on employment and research-funding. So it all boils down to the same thing. (There is nothing new here, as noted: Whatever was "mandated" under the classical and uncontroversial ↵ "publish-or-perish" rule is simply given a natural extension here into the online age: If "publish" simply means "maximize user access to your ↵ peer-reviewed research findings by publishing them in a paper journal" then its natural PostGutenberg generalization is "maximize user access to your peer-reviewed research findings by publishing them in a paper journal *and* self-archive them online to make them openly accessible to all would-be users and not just those whose institutions can afford the access-tolls of the journal in which it is published." ) Or, for short: Publish with Maximal Access (= open access). http://www.soros.org/openaccess/ Stevan Harnad
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