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What is the threshold for open access Nirvana?
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- From: Alexei Koudinov <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2004 16:06:13 EST
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I though that the recent post (below) by Eugene Garfield, President, The Scientist, will be of interest to all. Sincerely, Alexei Koudinov ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Approved-By: harnad@ECS.SOTON.AC.UK Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2004 14:11:24 -0500 Reply-To: <mailto:AMERICAN-SCIENTIST-OPEN-ACCESS-FORUM@LISTSERVER.SIGMAXI.ORG>American Scientist Open Access Forum From: "Garfield, Eugene" <Garfield@CODEX.CIS.UPENN.EDU> Subject: What is the threshold for open access Nirvana? I have generally avoided discussion in this listserv but I think you have introduced a significant distortion to the discussion by quoting the figure of 24,000 scientific journals which allegedly produce 2,500,000 articles per year. I presume someone has estimated the average of 100 articles per year. A more realistic figure for journals would be ten to fifteen thousand scientific journals putting aside the crucial question of definition. If open access is to become viable it seems to me the key factor is the group of 500 to 1000 highest impact journals which account for a substantial portion of the significant articles which are published and most cited. Unless these journals make it possible for authors to self-archive or to be freely accessible you cannot achieve open access nirvana. One might argue that once e.g. 50% or more of these most important journals are in the fold the breakthrough threshold has been reached. Since it has been demonstrated that on line access improves both readership and citation impact we can certainly expect that the vast majority of the low impact journals would be well advised to make their journals open access. Whether this increases their impact remains to be seen, but increased readership or attention seems inevitable. __________________________________________________ Eugene Garfield, PhD. email: email@example.com home page: www.eugenegarfield.org Tel: 215-243-2205 Fax 215-387-1266 President, The Scientist LLC. www.the-scientist.com 3535 Market St., Phila. PA 19104-3389 Chairman Emeritus, ISI www.isinet.com 3501 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3302 Past President, American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) www.asis.org