Institutional self-archiving in action, today

From: Rob Kling <kling_at_INDIANA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 17:37:43 -0500


This note is to announce an article about models of institutional self-
archiving that have been proven viable over the last 50 years. FYI and for
comemnt. See:

Locally Controlled Scholarly Publishing via the Internet:
The Guild Model

Rob Kling, Lisa Spector, & Geoff McKim
Center for Social Informatics
Indiana University.


Many librarians and scholars believe that the Internet can be used to
dramatically improve scholarly communication via research articles. During
the last decade there has been substantial discussion of four major
publishing models where readers could access articles without a fee:
electronic journals, hybrid paper-electronic journals, authors' self-
posting on web sites, and disciplinary repositories where authors post
their own unrefereed articles. There have been numerous practical projects
within each of these models, as well as extensive discussions about their
strengths and limitations. While some of these projects have become
important scholarly resources in specific disciplines; none of them has
become commonplace across numerous disciplines. There is a fifth model
that has been quietly adopted and developed in a number of disciplines --
the research publication series that are called working papers or technical
reports that are sponsored by academic departments or research institutes.
Many of these manuscript series are now made available to readers, online,
and free of charge. This model -- which we call Guild Publishing -- has a
distinct set of advantages and limitations when compared with the other
four publishing models. This article explains the Guild Publishing Model,
provides some examples, and discusses its strengths and limitations.

Rob Kling
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