The Chronicle of Higher Education
From the issue dated December 19, 2003

To the Editor:

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 of Scholarly 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? ...

Stevan Harnad
Advisory Board
Rights Metadata for Open Archiving (Romeo) Project
Department of Information Science
Loughborough University
Loughborough, England

Professor of Psychology
University of Québec
Section: The Chronicle Review
Volume 50, Issue 17, Page B18

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