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Re: st: RE: Stata Technical Bulletin

From   Richard Williams <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Stata Technical Bulletin
Date   Wed, 13 Feb 2008 09:01:16 -0500

At 07:55 AM 2/13/2008, Kit Baum wrote:
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.
I am not sure how these citation indices work. But, citations of my SJ article that have been made in social science journals (e.g. American Journal of Sociology) are showing up in Web of Science.

I notice that a lot of journals that used to have moving wall are now available almost immediately. I imagine there was some kind of change in the economics of payments that made this practical/desirable. My theory, possibly wrong, is that JSTOR touched off this revolutions where journals and publishers realized money could be made by making old and new journal articles available electronically. Sort of like the scholarly equivalent of the iPod.

Richard Williams, Notre Dame Dept of Sociology
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