Re: Mandated Self-Archiving and the "Open Choice" Option

From: Leslie Carr <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 12:42:26 +0100

On 29 Jun 2006, at 12:06, Stevan Harnad wrote:

> On Thu, 29 Jun 2006, PsyPhilEd-COMP wrote:
>> In making the argument, is there any long- or short-term value to
>> publishers when their authors self-archive?
> The purpose of OA and of self-archiving and of mandating self-
> archiving
> is not to bring long- or short-term value to publishers. Its
> purpose is
> to bring short- and long-term value to research, researchers, and the
> public that funds them.

But a side-effect of SA will bring some benefit to publishers due to
the fact that the OA version will certainly deliver increased
citations for the article, hence acting to increase the journal's
impact factor. Also, the OA version (minus the publishers "added
value") will act as an advert for the journal and publisher.

What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. The important
point is that Open Access sauce is more effective than Toll Access
Received on Thu Jun 29 2006 - 13:25:18 BST

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