BOAI-1 (self-archiving) and BOAI-2 (open-access journals)

From: Subbiah Arunachalam <>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2003 19:26:20 +0100

Dr Tonukari wants to know about institutional self archiving. It is simply
depositing all papers originating in an institution in an electronic
archive that can be accessed by anyone with access to Internet. It
is different, slightly, from worldwide archives like arXiv (for
physics), Cogprints (for cognitive sciences) and CiteSeer (for computer
sciences). Each institution will have its own archive, but all archives
will follow standard practices so all of them are interoperable. The
world's leading authority in this field is Prof. Stevan Harnad of the
University of Southampton. He is a crusader for this cause. In my opinion
self archiving is even better than open access journals, if you have to
make a choice. But Harnad feels that even if all the research is made
available through archiving, it will be necessary to have journals. For
details, please refer to the writings of Stevan Harnad.

[Subbiah Arunachalam]

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Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2003 5:55 PM
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I wish Subbiah Arunachalam can provide some details of the institutional
self archiving model? How does or will it work? Some of us have heard of it
and the &#8220;open archive database,&#8221; and will like to know how our
journal (African Journal of Biotechnology) and others can be part of it. I
do hope it functions like a superset of Pubmed
( where articles from every field can be
accessed. Such centralized database is very much needed.

Dr. NJ Tonukari
Editor, African Journal of Biotechnology
Received on Thu Aug 07 2003 - 19:26:20 BST

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