Free Access vs. Open Access

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Fri Jan 2 22:21:57 EST 2004


On Sat, 3 Jan 2004, Lars Aronsson wrote:

> [H]ow do we determine if an article is "permanently" accessible?...
> I know but one way to guarantee permanent access, and that is to allow
> free copying and republishing. 

Webwide toll-free copying, downloading, and storing of self-archived articles
is allowed. 

Webwide harvesting and caching is unpreventable. 

Republishing is unnecessary.

Negotiating republishing rights is hence a needless obstacle and deterrent.

Permanence is always just a matter of probability. 
http://www.eprints.org/self-faq/#1.Preservation

The primary preservation burden for the self-archived versions of toll-access
journal articles is on the primary toll-access version.

The full preservation burden is taken over only if and when the toll-access
journal converts to open-access.

The self-archived versions of physics articles from 1991, and their
respective enhanced impacts, are still alive and well today. 

The versions non-archived out of perennity-qualms or failure to negotiate
republication rights -- and their respective enhanced impacts -- are not.

Stevan Harnad

NOTE: A complete archive of the ongoing discussion of providing open
access to the peer-reviewed research literature online (1998-2004)
is available at the American Scientist Open Access Forum:
        To join the Forum: 
    http://amsci-forum.amsci.org/archives/American-Scientist-Open-Access-Forum.html
        Post discussion to: 
    american-scientist-open-access-forum at amsci.org
        Hypermail Archive: 
    http://www.cogsci.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Hypermail/Amsci/index.html

Unified Dual Open-Access-Provision Policy:
    BOAI-2 ("gold"): Publish your article in a suitable open-access
            journal whenever one exists.
            http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/boaifaq.htm#journals
    BOAI-1 ("green"): Otherwise, publish your article in a suitable
            toll-access journal and also self-archive it.
            http://www.eprints.org/self-faq/
    http://www.soros.org/openaccess/read.shtml
    http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/Temp/berlin.htm




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