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RE: Scientific literature access beyond licensing institutions

Hi Laval

I have recently done a little research related to these questions=20
that might shed some light on the topic - I published two=20
articles in which I studied a web site that (i) allowed for the=20
sharing of journal articles and (ii) allowed for the sharing of=20
institutional library database access codes (usernames and=20

The demand for the articles and access codes was generated by=20
people who did not have that access.  These were usually=20
students/staff at institutions that did not have access to those=20
journals and databases (you need to remember that, even for many=20
students/staff at universities, their institutions may not be=20
able to afford the bundles of access, or they may come with=20
embargoes), or they were lay public affiliated to no institutions=20
at all.  Almost all the articles were from scientific / scholarly=20
journals.  The databases obviously access more than scientific /=20
scholarly journals, but I would imagine that that is their prime=20
usage.  Someone on the list may wish to comment on that.

The papers (the first one of which was discussed briefly on this=20
list before I joined it) are:

(i)  Masters, K.  2009.  Opening the non-open access medical=20
journals: Internet-based sharing of journal articles on a medical=20
web site.  The Internet Journal of Medical Informatics. 5 (1).=20
Tinyurl: http://tinyurl.com/kmoajournals

Full URL:=20

(ii) Masters K.  2010.  Opening the closed-access medical=20
journals: Internet-based sharing of institutions=E2=80=99 access codes=20
on a medical web-site.  The Internet Journal of Medical=20
Informatics, 5 (2). Tinyurl: http://tinyurl.com/kmaccesscodes=20
Full URL:=20

Hope that helps


Dr. Ken Masters
Asst. Professor: Medical Informatics
Medical Education Unit
College of Medicine & Health Sciences
Sultan Qaboos University
Sultanate of Oman


> -------- Original Message --------
> Subject: Scientific literature access beyond licensing institutions
> From: Laval Hunsucker <amoinsde@yahoo.com>
> Date: Tue, April 27, 2010 1:48 am
> To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> Hello, everyone,
> May I, on behalf of another party, pass along to this forum the=20
> following literature enquiry?
> Is anyone out there aware of publications or available reports,=20
> from say the last twenty years (but the more recent, the=20
> better), based on quantitative or qualitative research into one=20
> or both of the following questions:
> 1.Among the general public, what is the extent of the demand=20
> for, or of serious interest in gaining, access on a regular,=20
> continuing basis to peer-reviewed content published in=20
> scientific/scholarly journals? For this purpose, "the general=20
> public" should be taken to mean all private individuals who do=20
> not already enjoy such access, at no personal cost, by virtue=20
> of their formal affiliation with an institution, such as a=20
> university or a large corporation, which has -- or whose=20
> library or information unit has -- itself arranged for and=20
> provides such access to those affiliated with it, bearing=20
> institutionally the cost of such arrangements.
> 2.What is the extent of such demand or serious interest among=20
> small entrepreneurs, independent consultants and the like ?
> I would highly appreciate receiving, on- or off-list, any=20
> pertinent references which any of you might be able and willing=20
> to provide.
> My thanks to you in advance.
> - Laval Hunsucker
> Breukelen, Nederland