Yahoo and Open Access

Stevan Harnad harnad at
Sun Mar 7 20:16:48 EST 2004

On Mon, 8 Mar 2004, Sumir Meghani wrote:

> I'd love to hear your thoughts on how Yahoo! can potentially help in
> encouraging open-access.

The Open Access (OA) movement is focussed specifically on articles in
peer-reviewed journals. Most OA content is OAI-compliant:
because it appears in OAI-compliant institutional or central Eprint

Two things Yahoo could do to encourage OA are:

(1) Put a parameter in the Yahoo search that allows a user to restrict search to
only the OAI-compliant Eprint Archives. (As OA content grows, this will make such
OAI-specific searches the equivalent of searching only the peer-reviewed journal

(2) Consider ranking this OAI-specific search by citation
links instead of just ordinary links, as citebase does:

There will be other things to do soon, but these two would already be very
useful innovations.

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:
        Post discussion to: 
    american-scientist-open-access-forum at
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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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