Critique of ALPSP'S 1st Response to RCUK's Open Access Self-Archiving Proposal
The Research Councils of the UK (RCUK) propose to require that the authors of all journal articles resulting from RCUK-funded research must make them openly accessible by self-archiving them on the web in order maximise their usage and impact. ALPSP (Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers) claim that this will have a negative effect on journals, but they provide no evidence to support their claim. All existing evidence from 15 years of self-archiving is actually to the contrary: Journal publication coexists peacefully with author self-archiving, even when it reaches 100%, with both researchers and their journals benefitting from the resulting enhanced research usage and impact.
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