Google's Scholarly Search Service and Institutional OA Self-Archiving
harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Thu Nov 18 22:51:09 EST 2004
On Thu, 18 Nov 2004, Leslie Carr wrote:
> Google's new... http:///scholar.google.com [delivers]... a search
> service... [that is selective for] scholarly and scientific resources...
> from all web sites... across the complete spectrum of scholarly enquiry...
> [plus] a basic level of citation analysis..
An extremely valuable and welcome new service (and about time!):
"Re: proposed collaboration: google + open citation linking" (2001)
> [But] Google is not offering increased Open Access, just improved resource
> discovery of current ad-hoc OA. To advance we still need to offer carrot
> and stick, policies and mandates...
> [The] Google scholarly search engine is a welcome addition to
> the arsenal of services that researchers use to mine the literature -
> but it is still OA Institutional Repositories that provide the best
> chance of getting readable copies of those papers into Google!
In other words, please don't imagine that Google will now provide OA
full-texts for you! Google is now selectively gathering and making them
visible, and even providing some citation impact counts -- but it can
only do that with those full-texts that have been made OA by putting
them on the Web!
Our estimates across disciplines indicate that currently at most only 20%
of the journal articles being published today are being made OA:
This wonderful new service from google should (as Les Carr indicates) be taken
as yet another strong incentive for authors' institutions and research funders
to mandate and reward OA -- and authors to do -- self-archiving of the
"What Provosts Need to Mandate" (2003)
"University policy mandating self-archiving of research output" (2004)
"Mandating OA around the corner?"
"Guide for the Perplexed: Re: UK Select Committee Inquiry"
"Critique of PSP/AAP Critique of NIH Proposal"
"Critique of STM Critique of NIH Proposal"
Relevant Prior Amsci Forum Topic Threads:
"Economic effects of link-based search engines on e-journals" (2000)
"A Search Engine for Searching Across Distributed Eprint Archives"
"Testing the citation-ranking search engine: Citebase" (2002)
"Scientometric OAI Search Engines"
"Need for systematic scientometric analyses of open-access data"
"How to compare research impact of toll- vs. open-access research" (2003)
"Measuring cumulating research impact loss across fields and time"
"Do Open-Access Articles Have a Greater Research Impact?"
"Early Download Impact Predicts Later Citation Impact"
"Self-Archiving Incentives: Download Impact Counts"
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