“Going green”: self-archiving as a means for dissemination of research output in ecology and evolution

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Christopher Hassall

Abstract

There is a perception that is prevalent within the academic community that access to information is being restricted by the large publishing houses that dominate academic publishing.  However, self-archiving policies that are promoted by publishers provide a method by which this restriction can be relaxed. In this paper I outline the motivation behind self-archiving publications in terms of increased impact (citations and downloads of articles), increased access for the developing world, and decreased library costs.  I then describe the current state of self-archiving policies in 165 ecology and evolution journals.  I demonstrate that the majority (52%) of papers published in 2011 could have been self-archived in a format close to their final form.  Journals with higher impacts tend to have more restrictive policies on self-archiving, and publishers vary in the extent to which they impose these restrictions.  Finally, I provide a guide to academics on how to take advantage of opportunities for self-archiving using either institutional repositories or freely-available online tools.

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HASSALL, Christopher. “Going green”: self-archiving as a means for dissemination of research output in ecology and evolution. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, feb. 2013. ISSN 1918-3178. Available at: <https://ojs.library.queensu.ca/index.php/IEE/article/view/4555>. Date accessed: 29 june 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.4033/iee.v5i2.4555.
Keywords
open access; publishing; ecology; evolution; self-archiving; impact factor
Section
Future of Publishing