Re: Against Conflating OA Self-Archiving With Preservation-Archiving

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2006 13:42:51 +0100

On Tue, 1 Aug 2006, Stuart David Lewis wrote:

> See:
> As the editor notes in her editorial:
> "Let us hope that papers published in Program will be deposited in
> appropriate IRs and so be preserved for all those who wish to gain
> access to them in the future.".

Let us hope that it will be deposited for far, far better reasons than
that (since the preservation of journal-published articles, whether
paper or digital, is not and should not be the author's responsibility).

Self-archive your own final drafts of published articles in your IR so
that those who want to access and use them in the *present* -- today,
tomorrow, and thereafter -- can do so, even if they cannot afford access
to the journal in which they were published.

The purpose of making articles OA -- and the purpose of OA IRs -- is not
digital preservation! It is immediate and ongoing research access and


Stevan Harnad
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