18 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 27, 2012
There is a revolution afoot in scholarly communication and it is called, Open Access. While I am a strong proponent of Open Access, I believe many people are missing the point as more does not mean better, it only means more.
Open Access has had a major impact on scholarly communications by reducing the traditional barriers to research. Unfortunately, this has compounded the issues of discovery. Institutional Repositories, Disciplinary Repositories and Multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional Repositories and metrics such as downloads, citations, and Eigenfactor™ Score are new tools in the scholarly researcher’s kit. Familiarity and comprehension of these tools will help scholars make efficient use of the overabundance of scholarly communications. This strategic access approach will ultimately result in greater precision.
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