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Opening Access by Overcoming Zeno's Paralysis

Harnad, Stevan (2006) Opening Access by Overcoming Zeno's Paralysis In, Jacobs, N (eds.) Open Access: Key Strategic, Technical and Economic Aspects. Chandos

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Open Access (OA) means free access for all would-be users webwide to all articles published in all peer-reviewed research journals across all scholarly and scientific disciplines. 100% OA is optimal for research, researchers, their institutions, and their funders because it maximizes research access and usage. It is also 100% feasible: authors just need to deposit ("self-archive") their articles on their own institutional websites. Hence 100% OA is inevitable. Yet the few keystrokes needed to reach it have been paralyzed for a decade by a seemingly endless series of phobias (about everything from piracy and plagiarism to posterity and priorities), each easily shown to be groundless, yet persistent and recurring. The cure for this "Zeno's Paralysis" is for researchers' institutions and funders to mandate the keystrokes, just as they already mandate publishing, and for the very same reason: to maximize research usage, impact and progress. 95% of researchers have said they would comply with a self-archiving mandate; 93% of journals have already given self-archiving their blessing; and those institutions that have already mandated it are successfully and rapidly moving toward 100% OA.

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Published date: 2006
Additional Information: Chapter: 8
Keywords: open access, self-archiving, institutional repository, copyright, policy, research impact, citation, scientometrics, research assessment, preservation, plagiarism, eprints, public library of science, zeno's paralysis, permissions, piracy, peer-review, prestige, promotion, privacy, patents, publishing
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


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PURE UUID: 3e1fec37-c010-46f2-8fcf-83bce8f437f7

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Date deposited: 19 Mar 2006
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 08:54

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Author: Stevan Harnad
Editor: N Jacobs

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