Another Winning Article From OA's Chronicler and Conscience: Richard Poynder

David E. Wojick dwojick at HUGHES.NET
Wed Mar 11 12:32:23 EDT 2009

It is a nice summary, albeit somewhat anti-business. However on the 
metrics side I am puzzled by his estimate that only 15% of authors 
voluntarily self-archive via personal webpages, institutional 
repositories and community eprint databases. We did a quick study in 
physics and found more like 60-80% just for author webpages, so 
either he is seriously wrong or he is including areas that may not 
archive. Who might they be? The high ratio we found is what makes our 
E-print Network viable We harvest 
30,000 webpages and databases.

Any information on his 15% number? If we are right then voluntary 
green OA is a done deal in physics and related fields. We also see 
these high numbers in computer science.

Best regards,
David Wojick

I don't know how he does it. 
His <>article is full of points with 
which I profoundly disagree. But he has written it so fairly and so 
insightfully and so stimulatingly that all one can do is admire it, 
and him, yet again.

I may be writing a critical commentary shortly, but in the meantime, 
all I can do is highly recommend it to everyone with any interest in 
the exciting current developments in Open Access (OA). It will bring 
you up to speed with the OA movement and also give you a shrewd and 
penetrating peek at OA's possible future. 

Agree or disagree, you cannot fail to be informed, and impressed. The 
OA movement is fortunate indeed to have Richard Poynder as its 
chronicler, conscience, and gadfly laureate.

<>Stevan Harnad
Scientist Open Access Forum


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Office of Scientific and Technical Information
US Department of Energy
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