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Research

The diagrams at the end of this article provide an effective argument for the value of “self-archiving” in order to extend the impact of research. The “closed” model of research follows an elitist path – journal submission, peer review, changes made based on review, published in journal, access only if facility has a subscription to the journal. While the process is healthy, it is closed…and knowledge is kept behind closed doors (doors closed as a result of high subscription pricing). The author proposes an extension to this model by using self-archiving…making the research available to a much larger audience for feedback…and increasing the potential that the work will have greater impact as a result of greater access.