For those of us that monitor twitter™ space with a tool like tweetdeck™, the availability of a new archived pre-print like Alma Swan and Martin Hall’s Why Open Access can change science in the developing world in less than 48 hours old in the repository, and already more than 30 readers have discovered it.
This is green open access at work, applified by twitter generation. No advertising budget, just an initial tweet and a #0a hash tag, plus the determined willingness of authors to share their conclusion as fast as the digital ink is dry. And after you digest this relatively short advocacy paper , you have immediate access to the article’s bibliography, including the links to original articles for the paper’s conclusion:
1. UNESCO (2008) Improving Access to Scientific Information for Developing Countries: UK Learned Societies and Journal Access Programmes. Report by Improving Access to Scientific Information Working Group (Natural Sciences Committee) http://www.unesco.org.uk/uploads/Improving%20Access%20to%20Scientific%20Information%20-%20May%2008.pdf
2. UNESCO and the International Council of Scientific Unions (1999): World Conference on Science; Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge (July 1). http://www.unesco.org/science/wcs/eng/declaration_e.htm.
3. Aronson, B (2004) Improving Online Access to Medical Information for Low-income Countries. New England J. Medicine 350, pp. 966–968. http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/350/10/966
4. Abrahams, L, Burke, M, Gray, E & Rens, A (2008). Opening access to knowledge in Southern African universities. In SARUA 2008 Study Series, Southern African Regional Universities Association, Johannesburg, http://www.sarua.org/?q=content/opening-access-knowledge-southern-african-universities
5. Kuchma, I. (2008) Open Access Institutional Repositories in Developing and Transition Countries: Results of eIFL.net Activities. In: Third International Conference on Open Repositories 2008, 1-4 April 2008, Southampton, United Kingdom. http://pubs.or08.ecs.soton.ac.uk
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