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Re: Article on arXiv

Dear Colleagues,

Following the recent interest on arXiv and its role in scholarly 
communication in High Energy Physics, we would like to draw your 
attention to a study we have just submitted to arXiv.

Best regards,

Anne Gentil-Beccot
CERN Library
CH-1211 Geneva 23


Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 16:45:04 GMT   (929kb)

Title: Citing and Reading Behaviours in High-Energy Physics. How 
a Community Stopped Worrying about Journals and Learned to Love 

Authors: Anne Gentil-Beccot, Salvatore Mele, Travis Brooks
Categories: cs.DL
Report-no: CERN-OPEN-2009-007, SLAC-PUB-13693

Contemporary scholarly discourse follows many alternative routes 
in addition to the three-century old tradition of publication in 
peer-reviewed journals. The field of High- Energy Physics (HEP) 
has explored alternative communication strategies for decades, 
initially via the mass mailing of paper copies of preliminary 
manuscripts, then via the inception of the first online 
repositories and digital libraries. This field is uniquely placed 
to answer recurrent questions raised by the current trends in 
scholarly communication: is there an advantage for scientists to 
make their work available through repositories, often in 
preliminary form? Is there an advantage to publishing in Open 
Access journals? Do scientists still read journals or do they use 
digital repositories?

The analysis of citation data demonstrates that free and 
immediate online dissemination of preprints creates an immense 
citation advantage in HEP, whereas publication in Open Access 
journals presents no discernible advantage. In addition, the 
analysis of clickstreams in the leading digital library of the 
field shows that HEP scientists seldom read journals, preferring 
preprints instead. \\ ( http://arxiv.org/abs/0906.5418


On Jun 22, 2009, at 8:18 PM, Jones, Doug wrote:

> Salvatore Mele of CERN has made the claim that the content of the
> High Energy Physics (HEP) journals proposed for SCOAP3 "are
> almost entirely available in arXiv"; however, not all physics
> journals.  Perhaps a misunderstanding.
> "*97% HEP journals' content freely available on arXiv"
> SCOAP3 forum<http://scoap3.org/files/scoap3_sla.pdf>.
> Salvatore Mele, SLA
> <http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/ac2009/conference/index.cfm
> Washington, 14 June 2009.
> Slides:  <http://scoap3.org/files/scoap3_sla.pdf>
> Douglas Jones
> Information Resource Manager
> University of Arizona
> jonesd@u.library.arizona.edu
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> On Behalf Of David Prosser
> Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 1:05 PM
> To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> Subject: RE: Article on arXiv
> Could somebody please let me know when the last time was they
> heard anybody (informed or otherwise) say: 'everything published
> in physics can be found in the arXiv' ?
> Thanks
> David Prosser