Council of Science Editors Annual Meeting, May 2003 Pittsburgh

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 22:13:53 +0000

Council of Science Editors (CSE) Annual Meeting
Pittsburgh PA 4 May 2003.

Keynote Address:

  Author/institution self-archiving and the future of peer-reviewed journals

            Stevan Harnad

    The online medium has opened up a powerful new capability that will
    dramatically increase the visibility, accessibility, navigability,
    interactivity, usability and citability, hence the speed, impact
    and productivity, of peer-reviewed research. In the paper medium,
    peer-reviewed journals performed two essential functions: Implementing
    peer review and disseminating its outcome. In the online medium,
    journals' only essential function is implementing peer review. The
    digital papers -- before and after peer review -- will be
    self-archived on-line in researchers' own institutional Eprint
    Archives, where the full-texts will be openly accessible to
    all potential users worldwide. The much lower costs of implementing
    peer review alone (about $500 per paper) will be paid for up-front by
    author/institutions out of a portion of their annual windfall savings
    from subscription/license cancellations. Research, researchers,
    their institutions, research funders and its tax-payers will all be
    the beneficiaries, because of the greatly enhanced research impact
    and productivity made possible by open access.

    In my talk I will describe:

     (1) how the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) metadata harvesting
     protocol makes all OAI-compliant institutional Eprint Archives

    (2) how free open-source software creates OAI-compliant institutional
    Eprint Archives for self-archiving:

    (3) how online peer review can cut journal costs and increase the
    speed, efficiency and equitability of peer review:

    (4) how the contents of the Eprint Archives are being
    citation-interlinked to provide rich new scientometric indicators
    of research usage, impact and productivity:

    (5) how researchers, their institutions, and their research funders
    can hasten the optimal/inevitable era of open access through

    (6) how the Soros Foundation's Budapest Open Access Initiative
    (BOAI) is working to promote both institutional self-archiving and
    open-access journals:

Stevan Harnad
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