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Re: st: Stata Technical Bulletin


From   Ronan Conroy <rconroy@rcsi.ie>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Stata Technical Bulletin
Date   Wed, 13 Feb 2008 10:36:31 +0000

On 12 Feb 2008, at 19:14, Richard Williams wrote:

On my wish list for the future - Through my school, I have e-access to hundreds, maybe thousands of journals. I wish Stata Journal was among them. I have my own subscription, but I'd like it to be the case that scholars everywhere had easy access to SJ, just like they do other journals. It increases the likelihood of the work being read and cited. I don't know if it is in StataCorp's best economic interest to provide such access, but anything that helps to spread the word about Stata probably doesn't hurt.
Many journals provide free access to back issues, which varies from articles published more than a year ago to articles published more than three year ago.

I would agree with Richard here. I doubt if making older articles from SJ available freely would hurt subscriptions, and, indeed, it might encourage them. And I doubt whether purchases of back issues of the journal is a significant source of revenue, though I could be wrong.

Since authors provide content to the Stata Journal free of charge, it seems reasonable that when the Stata journal has benefited from this content for a period of time, it should then be made available to others on the same basis on which it was made available to the journal in the first place - freely.

The continued existence of the SJ relies on their being able to publish profitably, but perhaps the value of the journal to science and society would be increased by making older articles freely available.

P Before printing, think about the environment
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