Open Letter to Research Councils UK: Rebuttal of ALPSP Critique

Berners-Lee, Tim, De Roure, Dave, Harnad, Stevan and Shadbolt, Nigel (2005) Open Letter to Research Councils UK: Rebuttal of ALPSP Critique


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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 the only evidence they provide fails to support their claim and all existing evidence is 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. The research journal publishing community should collaborate in sharing the benefits of self-archiving with the research community, rather than trying to delay and block them.

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Keywords: RCUK, ALPSP, institutional repository, self-archiving, research impact, open access, institutional open access policy, citations, download
Organisations: Web & Internet Science
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Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 22:01
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