arXiv celebrates 20th birthday
Connotea Imports 2012-07-31
"The success of arXiv has not been mirrored in chemistry publishing. A preprint server operated by ChemWeb was launched in July 2000, but closed four years later due to a lack of cross-publisher support. More recently, Nature Precedings was set up to report pre-publication research and preliminary findings across biology, medicine, chemistry and earth sciences, but although it has seen steady growth, chemistry continues to be underrepresented. The Study of Open Access Publishing that was carried out last year showed that chemists were less supportive of open access than researchers in medicine and biological sciences. However, popularity amongst chemists is growing, and initiatives such as the EPSRC introducing an open access mandate should help to increase the adoption of open access within chemistry...."