Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 374.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2001 10:59:16 +0000
From: Stevan Harnad <harnad@COGPRINTS.SOTON.AC.UK>
Subject: Re: HighWire Press's Free Online Archive
[The following forwarded with thanks to the Electronic Journal Publishing
List <VPIEJ-L@LISTSERV.VT.EDU>. --WM]
> On Fri, 16 Nov 2001, Peter Suber wrote:
> > * HighWire Press is now the world's largest free online archive of
> > in the life sciences and overall second only on to the NASA's
> > Data System. HighWire now hosts 100 journals that provide free online
> > access to their full-texts, including back issues, and it recently
> > its 330,000th free online article.
P.S. HighWire is not second only to the NASA archive. The NECI
Scientific Literature Digital Library http://citeseer.nj.nec.com/cs
(which describes itself as "Earth's largest free full-text index of
scientific literature"), though it too may not be the largest, is,
with 500,000+ free online articles in computer science, bigger than
HighWire's free online collection.
But no one should be crowing about being the biggest while the
more (and perhaps much more) than at least 2 million articles
that appear EVERY YEAR in the world's 20,000 refereed journals
are still far from free online.
All the totals mentioned are just cumulative totals across the years.
The Physics Archive [http://arxiv.org], for example, has over 150,000
articles, but cumulated across 10 years! At that rate, even for this
most advanced of all the self-archiving disciplines, the year 2011 will
be the first in which ALL the articles published in physics that
year will be accessible for free for all:
This is why institution-based self-archiving now needs to be vigorously
supported and promoted to fast-forward us all to the optimal and
inevitable for research and researchers.
Harnad, S. (2001) The Self-Archiving Initiative. Nature 410: 1024-1025
Nature WebDebates version:
The Author/Institution Self-Archiving Initiative to Free the Refereed
Research Literature Online.
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