Inria's commitment to the PEER project
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The European project PEER (Publishing and the Ecology of European Research) is a collaborative effort involving publishers and representatives of the research community. Its aim is to study how scientists use open online archives, with a view to laying the foundations for a new economic system that obeys the rules of the publishing market as well as the principle of open access to knowledge.
Publishers and research institutions alike are taking part in this unprecedented experiment. Eleven publishers, representing 75% of the scientific journals market, and seven major European research organisations are participating. For the purposes of the study, the web platforms of participating organisations are being pooled to form a European open archives network, which includes HAL. As part of the experiment, the publishers are surrendering the rights to half of the scientific articles in their journals so that they can be put online for free in the participants' open archives. It will thus be possible to see how the visibility and use of articles varies according to whether they are provided by the publishers or deposited directly by researchers in their institutional archives.
PEER allows an assessment to be made of the economic system associated with scientific publishing and makes it possible to propose new models, which serve the interests of publishers and scientists alike.
The analysis is done by the research teams selected as part of the call for tenders launched by the PEER Executive Committee. They will observe how often the publications in the archives are viewed or downloaded according to their origin (publishers or research institutions). The results will be used to assess the economic system associated with scientific publishing and to propose new models which serve the interests of publishers and scientists alike.
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HAL (Hyper Article on Line) is an open archive platform developed by the CNRS centre for direct scientific communication (CCSD).