[Journal-notes] Re: Leading academics back UK Research Councils on self-archiving

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue Aug 23 13:04:38 EST 2005

On Tue, 23 Aug 2005, Rick Anderson wrote:

> If authors could be counted on consistently to self-archive when given the
> option of doing so, and if it were easier to find self-archived articles
> on the Web, then I would be much more optimistic about self-archiving
> as a viable alternative to traditional journal publishing.  For now,
> though, it looks to me like traditional publishers still add quite a
> bit of value to the content they publish.
> Rick Anderson
> Dir. of Resource Acquisition
> University of Nevada, Reno Libraries

If ever evidence was needed of the near-total disconnect between the library
community's and the research community's interest in OA, surely this is it!

Self-archiving is not intended as "a viable alternative to traditional journal
publishing." It is intended as a *supplement* to it, for those would-be users who
have no "viable alternative" for accessing content they cannot afford. Necessity is
the mother of invention.

Moreover, the purpose of the RCUK policy -- being rapidly lost in this
welter of increasingly irrelevant posting on everything but the issue
at hand -- is to ensure that "authors could be counted on consistently
to self-archive". 

Stevan Harnad

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