Free Access vs. Open Access
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
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.
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.
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:
Post discussion to:
american-scientist-open-access-forum at amsci.org
Unified Dual Open-Access-Provision Policy:
BOAI-2 ("gold"): Publish your article in a suitable open-access
journal whenever one exists.
BOAI-1 ("green"): Otherwise, publish your article in a suitable
toll-access journal and also self-archive it.
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