The (Refereed) Literature-Liberation Movement

Harnad, Stevan (2001) The (Refereed) Literature-Liberation Movement. New Scientist, 2292, 53.


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When print was the only medium of dissemination, there was no alternative to toll-gated access. The web era has provided a method of liberating the refereed research literature online without giving up journals or peer review, and without violating copyright. This "Self-Archiving Initiative" is swift and certain, tried and true, well within reach and long overdue. To free this literature virtually overnight, all its authors need do is to self-archive their own portion of it online in their institution's "e-print" archive. Free archive-creating software ( is now available to make all such institutional e-print archives "interoperable" (, hence "harvestable" into one global virtual archive ( -- free for everyone, everywhere, forever. For the details, see

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published as "In the Name of Freedom"
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Web & Internet Science
ePrint ID: 255949
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2001
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:57
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