Thursday, December 2, 2010

Open Journal of Archaeometry

A new online archaeometry journal will also host the proceedings from the Insternational Symposium on Archaeomtry recently held in Tampa.  Do we need another archaeometry journal?  What are the pros and cons of having one online?

Editor-in-chief Ingmar Unkel writes the following on the journal home page:

"We cannot yet offer you a journal with a long history and reputation, but we can guarantee fast and high quality services for authors and publication online within 3 weeks of the acceptance date. To ensure publication precedence for authors, and to provide a lasting record of scientific discussion, the articles are permanently archived and fully citable. With respect to the goals of the Budapest Open Access Initiative, Open Access to scientific and scholarly literature means to us "its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited". The more, we believe that articles that are available by Open Access are likely to be read and cited more often than those not Open Access. Publicly-funded research should be made available to be read and used without access barriers. It is beneficial for the general public to have access to published scientific articles."

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