Re: Citation is Medium-Independent

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 12:54:40 +0000

On Wed, 28 Jan 2004, Chris Korycinski wrote:

> is there a standard way (or any way) of referencing material/papers
> which are on an eprints server?

Yes. For published papers: the standard journal (or book-chapter or conference)
bibliographic citation, followed by the archive URL.

For unpublished papers: author, title, date, followed by the archive
URL. (It is not a good idea to include publication venue information
until/unless the preprint has been accepted. One can add "under
refereeing" or some such, without naming the venue.)

> I would presume that in most cases this reference would be to the full
> text, but if the deposit is for 'admin staff only' then you might want to
> quote the metadata page, which is public, followed by the paper, which
> then becomes a 'personal communication' as you have got it directly
> from the author & not the eprints server.
> Chris Korycinski
> St Andrews eprints administrator, Main Library

The eprint archive is in general not a publication venue but an access
venue. Cite documents in it exactly as you would if you read them on
paper (e.g., unpublished personal communication, if it is unpublished)
and add the archive URL (whether it contains the full-text or merely
the metadata).

It is a mistake to treat self-archiving as publication (in the
"publish-or-perish" sense). It is not.

    "Citation is Medium-Independent"

    "Self-Archiving vs. Self-Publishing FAQ"

    "Self-Archiving Refereed Research vs. Self-Publishing Unrefereed Research"

    "Garfield: 'Acknowledged Self-Archiving is Not Prior Publication'"

    "Chronicle of Higher Education Article on 'Self-Publication'"

Stevan Harnad
Received on Wed Jan 28 2004 - 12:54:40 GMT

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