Re: HighWire Press's Free Online Archive

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 21:13:33 +0000

> On Fri, 16 Nov 2001, Peter Suber wrote:
> > * HighWire Press is now the world's largest free online archive of articles
> > in the life sciences and overall second only on to the NASA's Astrophysics
> > Data System. HighWire now hosts 100 journals that provide free online
> > access to their full-texts, including back issues, and it recently hosted
> > its 330,000th free online article.

P.S. HighWire is not second only to the NASA archive. The NECI
Scientific Literature Digital Library
(which describes itself as "Earth's largest free full-text index of
scientific literature"), though it too may not be the largest, is,
with 500,000+ free online articles in computer science, bigger than
HighWire's free online collection.

But no one should be crowing about being the biggest while the
more (and perhaps much more) than at least 2 million articles
that appear EVERY YEAR in the world's 20,000 refereed journals
are still far from free online.

All the totals mentioned are just cumulative totals across the years.
The Physics Archive [], for example, has over 150,000
articles, but cumulated across 10 years! At that rate, even for this
most advanced of all the self-archiving disciplines, the year 2011 will
be the first in which ALL the articles published in physics that
year will be accessible for free for all:

This is why institution-based self-archiving now needs to be vigorously
supported and promoted to fast-forward us all to the optimal and
inevitable for research and researchers.

    Harnad, S. (2001) The Self-Archiving Initiative. Nature 410: 1024-1025
    Nature WebDebates version:
    Fuller version:
    The Author/Institution Self-Archiving Initiative to Free the Refereed
    Research Literature Online.

All interested parties are invited to join the international discussion
on this (in 3 languages!) currently going on from Nov 15 - Nov 30 at:

Stevan Harnad

NOTE: A complete archive of the ongoing discussion of providing free
access to the refereed journal literature online is available at the
American Scientist September Forum (98 & 99 & 00 & 01):

You may join the list at the amsci site.

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