Re: Scientometric OAI Search Engines

From: Bob Parks <>
Date: Wed, 5 May 2004 13:32:24 -0500 (CDT)

Robert Kiley writes:

>It is recognised that there are here are two ways to provide OA:
> (1) publishing articles in OA journals and
> (2) publishing them in conventional journals but self-archiving them
> publicly on the web as well.
>One problem with route 2 that doesn't seem to have been fully addressed
>is how should the PubMed or Web of Knowledge user find these open access
>articles. By way of example let us assume I stumble across the
>following PubMed article:
> Harnad S. Ingelfinger over-ruled...
> cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=11191471
> [published in the Lancet] {Had this article appeared in a more recent
> issue - then PubMed would have linked directly to ScienceDirect and
> access would be limited to subscribers']
>Of course the author has self archived this article:

google search for 'Ingelfinger over-ruled' produces the cogprints as the first item.

google is (intensively) indexing the academic literature (at least the OA literature).

However 'Ingelfinger' is too unique and hence easy - But my experience has been
so far that if it is accessible via OAI methods, google finds it.

>...but how would the PubMed user know this? Do we honestly expect users
>to search PubMed and then go and search the OAIster service in the hope
>that an open access version may be available.

Either that or they have to subscribe to everything, right?

>I agree that route 2 is a way to provide open access - but at the same
>time we must ensure that the major bibliographic services (PubMed, Web
>of Knowledge etc) provide links to the open access version - as well as
>the publisher version. Is there any strategy for addressing this?

My point is that google probably will do it as long as the suppliers
let google index them.


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