Re: Zurich Open Access: Still disappointing

From: Arthur Sale <ahjs_at_OZEMAIL.COM.AU>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 16:36:32 +1000


The 'Request a Copy' button only works if the repository has an email
address for an author. An email address for the depositor is not the same,
and regrettably many self-archivers don't seem to realize that depositor is
not necessarily an author. Remember also that responding to the button is at
the discretion of the author.

Arthur Sale

-----Original Message-----
From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
Behalf Of Klaus Graf
Sent: Sunday, 7 September 2008 12:12 PM
disappointing (in German)

Some results of my test:

There are in the Arts faculty 58 eprints with 26 OA full texts.
Without Psychology: 25 eprints and 7 full texts.

I have also checked the 21 eprints from the last Tuesday: only 2 OA
full texts. From the 13 eprints with fulltext only available for
registered users only 5 have a "Request a copy" button. This feature
doesn't work in all cases well. If the request is technically accepted
one receives a mail confirmation:

"If you do not receive a reply or need advice at a later time please
contact the administrator. For items with copyright implications, you
may also be able to contact your local interlibrary loan service."

The low percentage of full texts in Zurich seems to give some evidence
against the OA mantra that most publishers allow green OA:

Klaus Graf
Received on Sun Sep 07 2008 - 12:16:33 BST

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