Could you use free access to Cambridge Journals for 6 weeks?

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Offline imatfaal

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In order to reach out to new readers, who may not enjoy access to high quality scientific and academic research, all 2009 and 2010 content on Cambridge Journals Online (CJO) will be made free to access between 15th July and 30th August 2011.

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edited - cos I forgot to put a title  [:I]
« Last Edit: 20/07/2011 10:24:18 by imatfaal »
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cool, and about time....  [;D]
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Offline CliffordK

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Thanks You,

I don't think I've run into the Cambridge site as often as other sites with my browsing.  But, there may be a few interesting journals.

They had an interesting poll on the site.

Have you ever been refused access to an article online because your institution does not subscribe?
85% YES
15% NO

Have you ever purchased access to single articles online?
72% NO
28% YES

Would you pay $5/£3 to rent access to an article for 24 hours?
70% NO
30% YES

I'd hate to see the amount of traffic that these "Pay-Walls" actually block.  My guess it is close to 99/100 searches, perhaps even more.  The websites should have statistics.  And, one can't ignore those that they discourage people from even looking.

So, the question is how much a single online article should cost.  And, the license duration?

I would think that they should consider IPOD like licensing (No, I don't have an IPOD or IPAD [xx(])

$1, or £0.50
LIFETIME downloadable access.
Some method to have one click centralized payment for multiple journals.
Many institutions already have subscriptions, but also allow instructors to purchase class subscriptions to individual articles at a reasonable rate (depending on class size), for example $1 + $0.10 per student.

The other question is how to capture the needs for previews, or very transient use.  There are a large number of articles that look good with the title or abstract, but really aren't very useful.  Perhaps if the price per article is low enough, then that would be irrelevant.

Sometimes journals are written with a unified theme for the month, so sometimes people also select multiple articles form a single journal????   Or...  snagging links for example following reference links or "related articles".

Maybe, for those users choosing individual access, one could have sliding prices for multiple articles in a 24 hr period.  $1 for first article, $0.50 for second, $0.25 for additional articles selected in a 24 hr period.


Offline graham.d

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Good suggestions Clifford. I find it infuriating when all the hits you get when searching are for papers you have to pay for and, if you do pay, you often (between 95% and 100%) find them not giving the actual information you are looking for. It is even sometimes the case that you can find another site which has the same paper free. The whole system is somewhat shambolic and not in the interest of spreading scientific and engineering knowhow to the benefit of world advancement. I doubt that it is worth very much to the authors either as I would bet they make very little out of such arrangements.


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Google Scholar ain't bad but I don't know how well it covers different disciplines.

BTW can we have a title for this thread please imatfaal?