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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

More on the OA mandate proposal from EURAB

Stevan Harnad, EURAB's Proposed OA Mandate: Strongest of the 20 Adopted and 5 Proposed So Far, Open Access Archivangelism, January 15, 2007.  Excerpt:

The ROARMAP Registry of University and Funder Self-Archiving Mandates keeps growing: 56 policies, 20 adopted mandates, and 5 proposed mandates so far, worldwide. But the latest mandate proposal from EURAB is the best of them all: So good that I don't have a single recommendation for improving it! It has all the essential ingredients:

  1. Deposit of peer-reviewed postprint is required
  2. Deposit required immediately upon acceptance for publication (no exceptions, no delays)
  3. Deposit in Institutional or Central Repository
  4. Set access to deposit as Open Access as soon as possible, within 6 months at the latest.

Optimizing OA Self-Archiving Mandates:  What? Where? When? Why? How?

That's it. It's not possible to design a better policy, or one that is surer to get the entire international research community to 100% OA more reliably, quickly or effectively....Please emulate it at your university, research institution or funding agency and we'll reach the optimal and inevitable at long last....