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Title: Comparing published scientific journal articles to their pre-print versions

Academic publishers claim that they add value to scholarly communications by coordinating reviews and contributing and enhancing text during publication. These contributions come at a considerable cost: US academic libraries paid $1.7 billion for serial subscriptions in 2008 alone. Library budgets, in contrast, are flat and not able to keep pace with serial price inflation. Here, we have investigated the publishers’ value proposition by conducting a comparative study of pre-print papers from two distinct science, technology, and medicine corpora and their final published counterparts. This comparison had two working assumptions: (1) If the publishers’ argument is valid, the text of a pre-print paper should vary measurably from its corresponding final published version, and (2) by applying standard similarity measures, we should be able to detect and quantify such differences. Our analysis revealed that the text contents of the scientific papers generally changed very little from their pre-print to final published versions. These findings contribute empirical indicators to discussions of the added value of commercial publishers and therefore should influence libraries’ economic decisions regarding access to scholarly publications.
Authors:
ORCiD logo [1] ; ORCiD logo [2] ; ORCiD logo [2] ; ORCiD logo [2]
  1. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of California, Los Angeles, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-18-20434
Journal ID: ISSN 1432-5012
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
International Journal on Digital Libraries
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: International Journal on Digital Libraries; Journal ID: ISSN 1432-5012
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
96 KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND PRESERVATION; Open access; Pre-print; Scholarly publishing; Text similarity
OSTI Identifier:
1441346