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The (Refereed) Literature-Liberation Movement

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

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Published date: 2001
Additional Information: Published as "In the Name of Freedom"
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 255949
ISSN: 0262-4079
PURE UUID: 6ca57d22-6c5f-40b5-b8bf-5abe645c251f

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Date deposited: 19 Jun 2001
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 09:50

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Author: Stevan Harnad

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