16.423 self-archiving

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Fri Jan 17 2003 - 05:57:55 EST

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 16, No. 423.
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             Date: Fri, 17 Jan 2003 10:33:53 +0000
             From: Patrick Durusau <pdurusau@emory.edu>
             Subject: Re: 16.417 HyperNietzsche; a comment on online self-archiving



    > Clearly
    >what appears on this page are items still under copyright, in most cases (I
    >would suppose) not by Dunbar himself. I cannot tell you (but don't need to,
    >I'm sure) how much the practice of "self-archiving" aids interdisciplinary
    >research -- more generally, aids the research of anyone who is not
    >comfortably settled (a) within a narrowly defined speciality and (b) in a
    >well-stocked library.
    >Why should we not all do as Dunbar does?

    While I applaud Dunbar putting his publications online and support
    self-archiving, that practice is not the best solution for archiving
    research. The use of an archive like citeseer makes research much easier to
    find due to indexing and searching services. Institutionally maintained
    archives are much less likely to simply disappear after the retirement of
    an author or upon their transfer from one position to another.

    In the short term self-archiving provides no more access that the use of a
    broader archive and in the long term, may provide a good deal less.


    Patrick Durusau
    Director of Research and Development
    Society of Biblical Literature

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