Re: Archivangelism

From: David Spurrett <Spurrett_at_NU.AC.ZA>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2004 16:22:44 +0200

Iain Stevenson wrote:

>(a). Implicitly, the publication model of open-access and self-archiving
>reflects the publishing culture of Anglo-American STM research, well-funded
>with grants that include publication costs and I suspect also salaried
>research assistantsa nd post-docs to do the leg-work in archiving. In the
>tradition of social science and humanities research, typified by sole
>researchers with smallish (or no) grants, self-archiving probably isn't easily
>achieved, unless the institution where the worker is based provides, staffs and
>pays for a self-archiving system. And where does that leave the self-funded
>ndependent scholar who is still a feature of many of the soft-sciences?

I have to disagree. As a researcher in a humanities department, with limited
grants, no salaried assistants and no postdocs, I've found no serious obstacles
to self-archiving. The software (I have deposited papers in two different archives
both of them running eprints) is easy to use, registration simple and clear, and the
process of archiving a paper takes very little time.

(I'm 'lucky' to work in the philosophy of science and cognitive science, both of
which have eprints archives, but I'm presently agitating/archivangelising for my
university to set up an institutional archive.)

David Spurrett
University of KwaZulu-Natal,
Durban, 4041, South Africa.
T: +27 (31) 260 2309 / 260 2292
F: +27 (31) 260 3031

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