This category contains references about several kinds of initiatives whose aim is to free access to peer reviewed scientific papers, namely, "that body of work for which the author does not and never has expected to SELL the words" (S.Harnad) and to promote institutional self-archiving of electronic preprints, in the respect of protocols and standards for electronic archives interoperability.
A selection of papers on the future of electronic publication in the field of academic communication, its impact and consequences.
Aims to accelerate progress in the international effort to make research articles in all academic fields freely available on the Internet.
A resource for faculty and librarian action to reclaim scholarly communication. Main issues concern subscription prices for scholarly journals and help for journals willing to find publishing options better suited to their academic missions.
Considerations on how to build a knowledge network for research communication and on its potential impact, by P. Ginsparg, one of the founders of ArXiv.
Dedicated to the freeing of the refereed research literature online through author/institution self-archiving. Provides free (GNU) software for self-archiving.
Introducing the Street Performer Protocol, an electronic-commerce mechanism to facilitate the private financing of public works. Using this protocol, people would place donations in escrow, to be released to an author in the event that the promised work be put in the public domain.
(FOS) News and discussion on the migration of print scholarship to the internet and efforts to make it available to readers free of charge. Newsletter, forum, FAQ and a comprehensive directory on electronic archives.
A group challenging the power of established scientific journals says legislation will be introduced to make the results of all federally financed research available to the public.
Online forum hosted by Nature Online concerning the impact of the web on the future of publishing and the dissemination of scientific information.
Article by Steve Lawrence appeared in Nature (2001) analyzing the citation rate of online and off line articles. Articles freely available online are more highly cited, free online availability substantially increases a paper's impact.
Comprehensive guide to the terminology, acronyms, initiatives, standards, technologies, and players in the free online scholarship initiative.
A non-profit organization of scientists committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature freely accessible to scientists and to the public around the world. Promotion of free access online journals and eprints archives.
An internet discussion about scientific and scholarly journals and their future.
Answers to frequently asked questions about self archiving including what and how. Has a "I worry about..." set of questions too with advice and answers to issues.
How to free access to scientific literature: papers by one of the leaders of the open archives initiative.
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