Richard C. Atkinson names the components (the journal-budget crisis,
the access problem, open-access journals, research visibility and
impact, universities' research archives), but he doesn't manage to put
them together into a coherent picture or action plan ("A New World
Communication,"The Review, November 7).
Today there are more than 20,000 research journals worldwide, of which
about 600 are open-access. ...
The authors in journals that are not open-access could archive their
articles on their own institutions' Web sites. ... Over half of the
traditional journals, though not yet ready to run the risk of becoming
open-access, are ready to serve the interests of research and
researchers by formally supporting archiving by their authors; many of
the others will permit archiving if asked.
So why are we talking only about open-access journals, instead of about
providing open access to many more articles right away? ...
Rights Metadata for Open Archiving (Romeo) Project
Department of Information Science
Professor of Psychology
University of Québec