Why publishers should open their references

abernard102@gmail.com 2012-06-14


“Why should the publishers of subscription-access journals, who presently generate income from the sale of access to peer-reviewed full text scholarly articles, be willingly open the reference lists of these articles, and contribute these to the Open Citations Corpus for publication as open linked data? I would like to suggest the following reasons: 1. There is a general move towards open data, which is widely regarded as a common good... 2. The reference lists at the end of journal articles are works of scholarship by the authors, who have chosen to include certain references and exclude other potentially citable papers from the reference list. However, the references themselves are simply items of bibliographic data, formatted according to the journal style, and do not benefit from the author’s creative input. 3... the bibliographic information about the article and the article’s abstract are commonly made freely available, for example through PubMed. This same openness should now be afforded to the reference list within each article. 4... the Open Citations Corpus has been specifically created to house and publish scholarly bibliographic citation data, and is now preparing to welcome article reference lists from subscription-access journals... 5. For those publishers who already contribute their reference information to CrossRef as part of its Cited-By Linking service, this can be accomplished without any change to the publisher’s own publishing workflows... 6. Open Citations will publish each reference list as an independent RDF Named Graph, with a unique URI, thereby protecting the integrity of the article reference list as a unit of scholarship, the source of which will be explicitly acknowledged. 7. The open citations data will then be offered back to publishers to use as they wish, e.g. for visualization of citation networks, calculation of metrics, etc... 8. Publishers will also be free to host their own open citations data, should they wish to do so. 9. For the majority of publishers, who would still receive subscriptions on the full articles themselves, opening their article reference lists in this way will cost nothing in terms of lost revenue. 10. Indeed, participation in the Open Citation Corpus will bring the following benefits to subscription-access publishers... [a] Access to services to be built over the aggregated open citations data ... [b] Increased exposure to users of the references to the publisher’s own journal articles [c] Even while coverage is incomplete, the Open Citations Corpus by its very nature contains reference citations to all the key papers published in every field covered ... [d] Opening citations data will result in white-listing and general good-will from funding agencies, government and other advocates of open data [e] Opening citations data will lead to support from scholars and researchers themselves...”




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Date tagged:

06/14/2012, 07:41

Date published:

06/14/2012, 11:04