Re: STM Publisher Briefing on Institution Repository Deposit Mandates

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum_at_GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 18:49:25 -0500

On Mon, Jan 19, 2009 at 3:15 PM, Sally Morris (Morris Associates)
<> wrote:

      Sue Thorn and I will shortly be publishing a report of a
      study on the attitudes and behaviour of 1368 members of
      learned societies in the life sciences.

      72.5% said they never used self-archived articles when
      they had
      access to the published version;

This makes sense. The self-archived versions are supplements, for
those who don't have subscription access. 

       3% did so whenever possible,
      10% sometimes and 14% rarely.  When they did not have
      access to
      the published version, 53% still never accessed the

This is an odd category: Wouldn't one have to know what percentage of
those articles -- to which these respondents did not have
subscription access -- in fact had self-archived versions at all?
(The global baseline for spontaneous self-archiving is around 15%;
see, for

The way it is stated above, it sounds as if the authors knew there
was a self-archived version, but chose not to use it. I would
strongly doubt that...
      16% did so whenever possible,

That 16% sounds awfully close to the baseline 15% where it *is*
possible, because the self-archived supplement exists. In that case,
the right description would be that 100% did so. (But I rather
suspect the questions were again posed in such an ambiguous way that
it is impossible to sort any of this out.)
      16% sometimes and 15%
      rarely.  However, 13% of references were not in fact to
      self-archiving repositories - they included Athens, Ovid,
      Direct and ISI Web of Science/Web of Knowledge.

To get responses on self-archived content, you have to very carefully
explain to your respondents what is and is not meant by self-archived
content: Free online versions, not those you *or your institution*
have to pay subscription tolls to access.

Stevan Harnad
Received on Tue Jan 20 2009 - 00:40:54 GMT

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