I think that once researchers discover www.scientificcommons.org , the value of the online thesis should go up. I wish scientific commons would come up with an advanced search.
There is still the special interest of those in the top-shelf peer reviewed publishing "industry" who will always argue for inhibition of open knowledge, as it threatens their own economic/prosperity interest (mostly advertising revenue from drug manufacturers).
No, I am not related to Stefan. Just sympathetic....
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From: etd-l Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Marisa Ramirez
Sent: Monday, September 28, 2009 13:31
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Subject: The Decline of ETD impact?
Hello all -
From anecdotal information, I was under the impression that the impact
of theses has increased overtime particularly with increased access &
availability of ETDs.
However, I stumbled upon a bibliometric study that reported the
following paradox: while theses are becoming increasingly accessible
to scholars in the form of ETDs, the overall impact of theses has
declined over time. (See Lariviere, V et al. (2008). "The declining
scientific impact of theses: Implications for electronic theses and
dissertation repositories and graduate studies" Scientometrics,
Are there any studies that support the contrary?
Digital Repository Librarian
California Polytechnic State University
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