Re: Should Publishers Offer Free-Access Services?

From: Thomas J. Walker <tjwalker_at_MAIL.IFAS.UFL.EDU>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 17:43:52 -0500

At 07:06 PM 12/20/2001 +0000, you wrote:
>On Thu, 20 Dec 2001, Thomas J. Walker wrote:
> > Why hasn't APS offered its authors, at a fair price...
> > the service of posting an
> > author's APS-formatted article on arXiv?...
> >
> > [Authors can already post the APS-formatted version on their own home
> > pages, but as Andrew Odlyzko has documented, _any_ impediment to access
> > reduces the use of information...
>With the advent of OAI-compliant University Eprint Archives
>it no longer makes any difference whatsoever, in terms of visibility or
>access, and hence usage and impact, whether authors self-archive in a
>central disciplinary Eprint Archive, like ArXiv or CogPrints, or in
>their own institutional "home" Eprint Archives. Thanks to
>OAI-compliance, all the papers in all those archives are interoperable,
>hence harvestable into single global "virtual archives" such as ARC

University of Florida has a large (about 50 faculty and 100 graduate
students) and active physics department ( To
illustrate, it received $1.3 million from the National Science Foundation
and additional funding from the State for its Microkelvin Research
Laboratory, which studies quantum phenomena at ultralow temperatures. The
University of Florida has no OAI-compliant University Eprint Archives and
my attempts to interest the Director of Libraries in starting one have so
far been unsuccessful.

Perhaps it is not too late for APS and some of its authors to benefit from
the service I described.


Thomas J. Walker
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