Re: Central versus institutional self-archiving

From: herbert van de sompel <>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2003 21:30:43 +0000

Stevan Harnad wrote:

> This is *precisely* one of the two fundamental reasons why I have
> redirected my efforts and support from central archiving (such as
> the Physics ArXiv, and CogPrints, which I founded in 1997) to
> institutional self-archiving:
> REASON 1: Researchers and their own institutions share a common
> interest -- because they are co-beneficiaries -- in maximizing the
> access to, and thereby the impact of, their own research output.


Another reason - IMO - is the role institutional repositories play in
"archiving" (literal meaning of the word) the intellectual output
of institutions. One should expect that institutions have strong
incentives to do such archiving; this is about much more than only
"publications"; it is about all kinds of output of an institution.
Institution-based "self-archiving" can ride on the wave of institutional
archiving in general. See also Cliff Lynch's paper in that respect
( herbert

Herbert Van de Sompel
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Los Alamos National Laboratory - Research Library
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