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ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries 2017
University of Toronto
JCDL 2017 | #JCDL@2017
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Thursday, June 22 • 11:00 - 12:30
Keynote: Salvatore Mele

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Keynote Salvatore Mele

Preprints have shaped scholarly communication in High-Energy Physics since more than half a century. Pioneering preprint servers and community-driven digital libraries created a unique ecosystem for information discovery and access in the discipline (as well as in Astronomy and, to some extent, branches of Economics and the Social Sciences). These infrastructures have long coexisted with academic journals, serving distinct needs in the spectrum from dissemination to certification. Recently some academic journals entirely ‘flipped’ to Open Access, modifying some of those roles. We report on the results of two data-driven studies to assess this coexistence, and complementarity.

First, leveraging information from the INSPIREHEP.net platform, we analyzed millions of citations to and from preprints and journal articles to study the effect of early availability of scientific information in citation patterns in the discipline.

Second, with the gracious help of arXiv.org and leading scholarly publishers, we compared downloads statistics to assess access patterns for ‘fresh’ and ‘archival’ material and how Open Access modifies researchers’ practices.

Those findings are particularly relevant in the current scenario of renewed attention to preprints as a medium for scholarly communication.


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Salvatore Mele

Head of Open Access, CERN
Salvatore Mele holds a PhD in Physics and is head of Open Access at CERN, where he architected the SCOAP3 initiative [scoap3.org]: a partnership of 3’000 libraries and funding agencies in 46 countries which converted to Open Access the majority of High-Energy Physics articles. It is transparent for authors and leverages the CERN model of international collaboration... Read More →


Thursday June 22, 2017 11:00 - 12:30
Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5

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