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Reed Elsevier gives in on free research

This may be old news already, but I remembered a few interesting pieces that came out fairly recently regarding institutional repositories. The Elsevier decision seems to be promising news that publishing in high profile journals and providing a reasonable degree of unfettered access doesn't always have to be at odds...

Reed Elsevier gives in on free research
By Saeed Shah, 04 June 2004

Reed Elsevier has allowed academics who submit articles for publication in its science journals to make the research available for free on their personal or institutional websites.

The move was seen as a major concession to the "open access" lobby - a movement among academics and university librarians that argues that published research should be made available to all scientists free. Academic libraries have complained that subscriptions to leading science journals, such as those published by Reed Elsevier, are cripplingly expensive. The company has responded that it acts as a guarantee of quality...

Nature also recently published an article endorsing the "green road" of institutional self-archiving.
The green and the gold roads to Open Access

The crisis in university journal budgets first brought to light the problem of access to published research. But the problems of affordability and access, although often confused, are distinct. We describe here a practical solution to the access problem...

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