Re: Pay to Cite?

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2004 18:53:22 +0000

On Thu, 22 Jan 2004, Markus Schneider wrote:

> An author A citing a paper published by C would need to pay Cc (say 50)
> per citation to journal C

The principle purpose of the open-access movement is to prevent needless
loss of research impact (as reflected, for example, in citations)
because of access-tolls. The goal is to maximise research usage by
eliminating all usage tolls. Usage includes: reading, downloading, storing,
printing out, computer-analyzing, applying, and citing.

The above is a proposal to create an impact toll!
(The cure is far, far worse than the disease.)

Stevan Harnad

P.S. This is also essentially a "pay-to-link" proposal: rather against the grain of
the Web. It would also make scholarship rather, umm, strained, if Abdus Salaam
had to pay a source to cite Bohr (not to mention Newton, or Archimedes)...
Received on Thu Jan 22 2004 - 18:53:22 GMT

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