• Assessment of Self-Archiving in Institutional Repositories: Depositorship and Full-Text Availability

      Xia, Jingfeng; Sun, Li (2007-01)
      This research evaluates the success of open access self-archiving in several well-known institutional repositories. Two assessment factors have been applied to examine the current practice of self-archiving: depositorship and the availability of full text. This research discovers that the rate of author self-archiving is low and that the majority of documents have been deposited by a librarian or administrative staff. Similarly, the rate of full-text availability is relatively low, except for Australian repositories. By identifying different practices of self-archiving, repository managers can create new strategies for the operation of their repositories and the development of archiving policies.
    • The Coalition for Networked Information's Acquisition-on-Demand Model: An Exploration and Critique

      Bailey, Charles W. (Pierian Press, 1992)
      Scholarly communication is being revolutionized by widespread access to international, noncommercial computer networks, such as BITNET and Internet. I will call these interconnected networks, along with their commercial counterparts, the "Net." The Net has become an essential communication tool for librarians, scholars, and researchers. Recognizing these changes, the Coalition for Networked Information has sketched a new model for scholarly publication, which envisions electronic article files being stored on Net computers and being available upon demand. The acquisition-on-demand model raises many questions about how such an electronic service would function in detail. This paper will identify a number of possible dimensions of the model and provide some personal reactions to this expanded view of the model. It will focus on serials that are primarily published in electronic form on networks (these journals also may be published in microfiche, floppy disk, or another format for distribution to non-network users).
    • The Criteria for Open Access

      Goodman, David (Elsevier, 2004-11)
      Each proposal for Open Access (OA) has its unique combination of features; each argument for or against OA focuses on particular features or criteria. This article is intended to discuss these criteria, both individually and also as each of them contributes to the different proposals for OA. Evaluation of the proposals themselves is not attempted. This discussion is intended to be of value to the supporters of OA, in choosing which plan to adopt, and to those opposed to OA, in showing where the weaknesses do and do not lie. In other words, this article intends to improve the level of factual understanding in the ongoing discussions.
    • Full-Text Aggregation: An Examination Metadata Accuracy And the Implications For Resource Sharing

      Cummings, Joel (2003)
      The author conducted a study comparing of two lists of full-text content available in Academic Search Full-Text Elite. EBSCO provided the lists to the University College of the Fraser Valley. The study was conducted to compare the accuracy of the claims of full-text content, because the staff and library users at University College of the Fraser Valley depend on this database as part of the librariesâ journal collection. Interlibrary loan staff routinely used a printed list of Academic Search Full Text Elite to check whether the journal was available at UCFV in electronic form; therefore, an accurate supplemental list or lists of the libraries electronic journals was essential for cost conscious interlibrary loan staff. The study found inaccuracies in the coverage of 57 percent of the journals sampled.
    • Scholarly Electronic Publishing on the Internet, the NREN, and the NII: Charting Possible Futures

      Bailey, Charles W. (1994)
      This paper examines how scholarly electronic publishing could be conducted on the Internet, the National Research and Education Network (NREN), and the National Information Infrastructure (NII); and it reviews existing proposals for change. It does not consider how the broader electronic publishing industry should be structured to distribute general interest magazines, popular fiction, or other nonscholarly material. Nor does it assume that print-based scholarly publishing efforts will disappear or radically diminish in the near-term future. Rather, it envisions network-based electronic publishing as initially augmenting conventional publishing efforts and then gradually displacing them.