Author Self-Archiving

Science Commons is developing the requirements for an author self-archiving project. In the interim, authors who wish to learn more about providing access to their work over the Internet should find the resources below to provide guidance on how and why it should be done. Many thanks to Stevan Harnad for his outstanding resource at on author self-archiving from which many of these links are drawn. These are selected resources and those interested in more information on open access should consult the Open Access Bibliography compiled by Charles Bailey at the University of Houston.

Why self-archive?

How OA self-archiving enhances research impact

What is a citation worth? (this is a very frequently cited work in this area…interesting to ask what the worth of the article is as a result? – editor)

How hard is it to self-archive?

Carr, L. and Harnad, S. (2005) Keystroke Economy: A Study of the Time and Effort Involved in Self-Archiving.

How to go about self-archiving in an Eprints archive

What tools exist to help me self-archive?

If you’re looking to set up a repository:

If you need to find an institutional archive:

If you own the copyright to your work, and do not have access to an institutional repository:
Creativc Commons – cc Publisher
All works published using cc Publisher receive free hosting at the Internet Archive. You must own the copyright to your work to use cc Publisher. However, we strongly encourage using an OAI compliant repository to maximize the impact of your self-archiving.

Does my journal allow me to self-archive?

Research: Surveys of the forces impacting self-archiving

Swan, Alma and Brown, Sheridan (2004) Authors and open access publishing. Learned Publishing 17(3):pp. 219-224.

Swan, Alma and Brown, Sheridan (2004) JISC/OSI JOURNAL AUTHORS SURVEY Report. In JISC Report

Marie E. McVeigh (2004) Open Access Journals in the ISI Citation Databases: Analysis of Impact Factors and Citation Patterns A citation study from Thomson Scientific