Re: Cliff Lynch on Institutional Archives

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 18:17:40 +0000

On Sun, 16 Mar 2003, Margaret H. Freeman wrote:

> I'd like to ask Stevan Harnad what arrangements can be made for publishing
> faculty and independent scholars who don't have the kind of institutional
> connections like a major research university for making their work OAI
> accessible without having to create personal websites. Is there some
> distributed depository that is or could be made available to them?

(1) Self-archiving of refereed, published research is not the same
as self-publishing.

(2) Unaffiliated faculty can publish as they always did, but they can
self-archive their preprints and postprints either in central archives
such as or (as is often the case
in the relations between universities and unaffiliated scholars), they
can be allowed to self-archive in a university's eprint archive.

(3) Or perhaps your question referred to the hypothetical future,
if/when all toll-access journals become open-access journals, charging
authors' insitutions for the peer-review service? My guess would be that
unaffiliated authors are rare enough so a slush fund can cover their
costs for them out of a tiny portion of the costs paid by the institutions
of affiliated authors. (I don't believe this is a significant issue -- and
it is in any case hypothetical, as most journals are not yet open-access.)

Stevan Harnad
Received on Sun Mar 16 2003 - 18:17:40 GMT

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