Re: Academic Press Journal Article Copyright Policy

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 21:42:07 +0000

On Wed, 8 Mar 2000, Ken Weiss (California Digital Library Technologies) wrote:

> I agree with Stevan's assessment that once a paper is placed on any
> web server accessible by the public and open to search engine robots,
> the genie is out of the bottle, the worms are out of the can, the
> horse is out of the barn, and there's no getting it back in there.
> My concern with including links to 'personal' servers on an eprint
> site is technical. Those links need to be maintained. By allowing an
> 'abstract + link' model (absent a robust and widely adopted solution
> for creating and resolving persistent identifiers), we greatly
> increase the likelihood of broken links on the preprint server. I see
> '404 Document Not Found' often enough already...

I agree completely with Ken. Archives should contain the full text, not
just the link, and the distinction between "personal" server and "other"
should be ignored for the nonsense it is.

> >(3) And, yes, the Santa Fe protocol and the Open Archives Initiative
> ><> are definitely relevant, because they
> >will make university authors' "personal" archives completely
> >interoperable, so their contents will be searchable and retrievable
> >exactly as if they were all in one big archive.
> I'm not convinced that we've given enough thought to the implications
> of a large number of small author-managed repositories with regard to
> the issues of access, availability and persistency of scholarly
> publications. It's very cheap and easy to set up a server. It's much
> more difficult and costly to keep it running over the long haul, with
> good security, reliability, performance, and consistency.

The solution (again, given the genie/bottle facts Ken confirms) will of
course be for an archive-of-archives that harvests and backs up
individual open-archive contents cumulatively. To get and keep the ball
rolling towards the optimal and inevitable, though, subversive local
archiving NOW is preferable to waiting for any other archiving LATER.

Stevan Harnad
Professor of Cognitive Science
Department of Electronics and phone: +44 23-80 592-582
             Computer Science fax: +44 23-80 592-865
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton

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