Re: Self-Archiving and Journal Subscriptions: Flawed Method and No Data William Walsh
14 Nov 2006 15:04 UTC
>To say that I disagree with that summary wouldn't be exactly accurate
> think it would be more accurate to say that I find it irrelevant.
> like saying that there's no evidence to date that giving away free
> would lead libraries to stop paying for them. Of course there's no
> evidence for that proposition -- how could there be?
Rick, This seems a bit strong given the 15 year history of arXiv.
> Similarly, if and when easily-searched IRs provide immediate,
permanent OA access to the full
> content of a given journal, it's crazy to suppose that subscriptions
> that journal wouldn't drop.
I agree. But since Stevan's critique states "it is possible, indeed
probable, that self-archiving will cause some cancellations,
eventually," I am not sure how you are disagreeing with him.
> Stevan seems to doubt that librarians will know when a journal
> completely self-archived, but I suggest that he underestimates the
> increasing budget pressures that are shaping our subscription
Given the volume of his output, I'm sure I'm missing something, but in
rereading the critique, I don't see this.
>We'll start asking publishers to send us lists of those titles for
which they allow
Aren't these permissions generally set at the publisher, rather than
title level? Isn't this information publicly available?
>And where we can cancel paid subscriptions, we will. Would everyone
> title in this scenario? No. But many of us would cancel many
> subscriptions -- we'd be irresponsible not to.
I absolutely agree, but I'd be interested in hearing what others
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