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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 Tue, 10 Jun 2003, Margaret H. Freeman wrote: > On 6/10/03 1:26 PM, "Stevan Harnad" <harnad AT ↵ ecs.soton.ac.uk> wrote: > >sh> So copyright is certainly not the problem. > > That may be true for certain disciplines, but I can attest that in the > humanities, where we cite original literature, we find it expensive and > sometimes impossible to make our research internet accessible. All disciplines cite original literature. That publisher copyright is not an obstacle to the self-archiving of peer-reviewed journal articles is true of *all* disciplines. Humanities are not an exception. Please see the publisher self-archiving policy table in: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ls/disresearch/romeo/Romeo%20Publisher%20Policies.htm But perhaps you did not mean peer-reviewed journal copyright, but book copyright. The humanities as a whole do publish far more of their research in book form rather than as journal articles, and in general book-authors and their publishers do not wish to give away the full-texts of their potentially royalty-bearing books. In this case there is still a solution that allows their work's impact to be measured in exactly the same way as with journal articles -- http://citebase.eprints.org/cgi-bin/search -- namely, if authors self-archive (in addition to self-archiving the full-text of any journal articles they write) their books' metadata-only (author, title, publisher, year), along with the full-texts of only their reference lists. That will allow a book-citation impact factor (not currently available anyewhere) to be calculated in exactly the same way as the article-citation impact: http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Temp/bookcite.htm This will also add to the visibility of the book -- and it might even allow a rudimentary download estimate to be made: http://citebase.eprints.org/java/correlation/correlation.html In addition, for esoteric monographs that expect only a succes d'estime, but not much by way of royalties, the possibility of increasing their impact still further by making their full-text openly accessible might in some cases encourage authors to make different arrangements with their publishers, perhaps to publish them in an online-only monograph series, especially if otherwise publication expenses might have been difficult to recover. The humanities too, along with the sciences, may also wish to enhance the research value of their publications by self-archiving the data on which they are based -- a possibility that had been excluded, for reasons of page-limits and their expense in the case of both books and journal articles: http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Temp/data-archiving.htm Stevan Harnad
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