Part of the reason I took that sidetrack was because I asked myself, as Eugene Garfield (2000) did, "is acknowledged self-archiving prior publication?" I was reassured to see that we had similar opinions: self-archiving is a completely different act to self-publication, complementary to eventual peer-reviewed publication: continual conversations about my work with the professional and public communities I live and work in and with improves that work and, therefore, the eventual publication and, thereby, the benefits to those communities.
- the Alexandria Archive Institute and its blog, digging digitally;
- Theodore C. Bergstrom's (2001) piece on "free labor for costly journals?";
- the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI);
- Sharmila Pixy Ferris's (2002) observations on how electronic writing is akin to oral communication;
- Matthew G. Kirschenbaum's (1996) paper on the forms and functions of electronic theses and dissertations (ETD);
- Ulises Ali Mejías's blog on information and communication technologies (ICT), networked sociality and knowledge, ideant (and in particular his post on open access easing scholarly communication and work);
- Joseph M. Moxley's (2001) insistence that "universities should require electronic theses and dissertations"; and
- Andrew Odlyzko's (2002) article on the role and value of ease of access and use of research in research; as well as, even more generally,
- the Journal of Electronic Publishing; and
- the Journal of Intercultural and Interdisciplinary Archaeology.
- arXiv, although it serves the sciences from physics to statistics, not arts, humanities or social sciences;
- cogprints, which does serve archaeology and anthropology where they connect with cognitive sciences;
- eprints, which supports self-archiving and institutional provision of public access;
- Nature's precedings for pre-prints and other pre-publication research; and
- Peter Suber's open access news.
Simultaneously, through an increasingly diffuse network of searches and links in academic and professional articles and weblogs, I found a range of articles discussing open access or other forms of public access to and participation in academic research.
These include: Steve Lawrence's (2001) article on the correlation between public access and impact; George Siemens' (2007) proposals for a 'democratic, social model of scholarship'; Peter Suber (2007) on the opportunities of open access (OA); Christian R. Weisser and Janice R. Walker (1997) on 'digitizing scholarship'.
Contributions from cultural heritage workers, librarians and archivists include: Laura Cohen's (2007) on that of social scholarship; Eric Kansa's (2007) consideration of the future of digital humanities; and Wessex Archaeology's (2007) commitment to open access for non-commercial use of their photographic archives.