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st: RE: Stata Technical Bulletin


From   Kit Baum <baum@bc.edu>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: RE: Stata Technical Bulletin
Date   Wed, 13 Feb 2008 07:55:16 -0500

Marcello said

This debate is part of a larger debate. This is what is happening
locally (it had to happen):

http://www.boston.com/news/education/higher/articles/2008/02/13/ harvard_faculty_votes_to_post_research_online/

m.p.


The interesting thing about Harvard's plan is that it is mandatory for faculty to do so (although there is an opt-out). [Note also that this is the Arts & Sciences faculty, not the university, so that it has no direct impact as I understand it on, e.g., the Harvard School of Public Health faculty]. The management of the Stata Journal has never objected to a preprint of a SJ article appearing in an institutional repository or disciplinary repository (such as RePEc), making that article (such as Baum-Schaffer-Stillman SJ 2003) more readily available than it would be otherwise.

Nevertheless I agree with Ronan. I think it would be very useful to the community of the SJ adopted a 'moving wall' policy and made articles more than three years old freely available (that would imply, for instance, Vols. 1-4 at this time). Unless StataCorp is generating sizable revenues from back-issue sales, I can't see why that would be a bad idea. And making "official" copies available might even help with one of our major goals: getting SJ indexed in Web of Science / Social Science Research Index. It is great that it is indexed in the Science/Math index, but that does little good to those of us in the social sciences, and there are many SJ articles that fall in that category.

Kit

Kit Baum, Boston College Economics and DIW Berlin
http://ideas.repec.org/e/pba1.html
An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata:
http://www.stata-press.com/books/imeus.html


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