Maximizing university research impact through self-archiving

Harnad, Stevan (2003) Maximizing university research impact through self-archiving. [Preprint]

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(1) Universities need to adopt a self-archiving policy -- an extension of their existing "publish or perish" policy to "publish with maximal impact". A potential model for such a policy can be found at along with (free) software for creating a standardized online university CV, linking all entries for peer-reviewed articles to their full text self-archived in the university eprint archives: (2) University libraries need to help with the first wave of self-archiving, doing "proxy" self-archiving for those researchers who feel too old, tired, or busy to do the few keystrokes per paper that are involved. (3) Research funding agencies such as NSF and NIH need to encourage self-archiving as part of the research cycle, requiring not only that the research findings be published, as they already do, but that their visibility and usage be maximized by making them openly accessible. (4) Scientometric performance indicators and analyzers such as -- rather like google, but based on citation links rather than ordinary links -- need to be created and used to demonstrate, monitor and reward the maximization of research impact through open access. Free online accessibility increases citation impact by 336% (5) Journals need to support self-archiving by modifying their copyright transfer or licensing agreements to encourage self-archiving, as 55% of them already do, and most others will agree on a per-paper basis if asked (so ask!):

Item Type:Preprint
Subjects:Electronic Publishing > Archives
ID Code:3026
Deposited By: Harnad, Stevan
Deposited On:19 Jun 2003
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55


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