‘Many researchers do not use their right to make their papers freely available online’

“Where do you find this “right”?”

The dissemin.in website states: ‘Many researchers do not use their right to make their papers freely available online, in addition to the paywalled version offered by traditional publishers.’

Different publishers (and, for large publishers, different journals of the same publisher) have different archiving rights with regards to what the author is allowed to place in an open-access repository. These different levels are colour-coded by the Sherpa/Romeo initiative and are described here:

http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/definitions.php?la=en&fIDnum=|&mode=simple&version=#colours

Romeo have compiled some interesting statistics on this, which show that 80% of the 2322 publishers listed formally allow some form of self-archiving. This includes major publishers like Elsevier and Springer.

http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/statistics.php

Best wishes, Neil

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We have often noted on HIFA that most authors do not upload the full text of their papers on open-access repositories, even where the (restricted-access) journal allows them to do so.

With this in mind I was interested to see this new website:

http://dissem.in/

‘Many researchers do not use their right to make their papers freely available online, in addition to the paywalled version offered by traditional publishers.

‘Dissemin helps researchers ensure that their publications are freely available to their readers. Our free service spots paywalled papers and lets you upload them in one click to Zenodo, an innovative repository backed by the EU.’

Best wishes, Neil

Let’s build a future where people are no longer dying for lack of healthcare knowledge – Join HIFA: www.hifa.org  

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