Defining embargo periods by discipline?

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Sat Mar 2 05:09:03 EST 2013

Dear David, 


> Abstractly the proper embargo period is the shortest one that does not
damage the journals in the discipline financially because of significant
subscription cancellations. The idea is that this period varies by
discipline due to differences in the rate of diffusion of research results.


This is an economic problem about the marginal value, isn't it?


The journal as unit of analysis is then problematic because the value of
articles within a journal will be distributed; and probably so skewedly that
central tendency statistics cannot provide a satisfying answer. 





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