Re: CCL:boost for research paper access
- From: "David Konerding, Ph.D." <dek -8 at 8-
- Subject: Re: CCL:boost for research paper access
- Date: Fri, 15 Feb 2002 09:05:58 -0800
Eugene Leitl writes:
>"The literature that should be freely accessible online is that which
>scholars give to the world without expectation of payment," reads the
That's known as altruism. I don't know any scientists who publish anything
without some expectation of payment- in the form of credit, attention, or money.
>It calls for "free availability on the public internet, permitting any
>users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the
>full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data
>to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose".
As much as this sounds like a good idea, making journal articles freely
available on the internet has a lot of hidden costs. Providing the web server
hardware, internet connectivity, and maintaining the site are only the first
costs that come to mind. Making sure the articles aren't written by cranks
who can produce semi-scientific sounding text that means absolutely nothing
has a cost- you have to hire somebody who's an expert in that area.
George Soros has a lot of money- probably enough to float a project
like this for many years- but I don't really expect the service to be
"free" nor do I expect these free online journals to ever achieve the
prominence (IE influenceable readership) that some print journals