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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Swedish university adopts an OA policy

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet, or SLU) has adopted an OA policy.  (Thanks to Forskarbloggen.)  From the English-language edition:

On the 11th of February 2008 the [rector] of SLU signed a policy where SLU scholars are urged to publish Open Access when possible....Open Access publishing means that you are publishing in Open Access journals or depositing a copy of an already published article in for example Epsilon Open Archive [the SLU institutional repository]....

The notion of Open Access contains both journals and the depositing in Open Archives. Both these initiatives aim to make science available to those who are interested to take part of it. Depositing a copy of an already published article is a way to make access to the publication even though the journal where the article first appeared isn't an OA-journal.

In 2003 The Association of Swedish Higher Education (Sveriges universitets- och högskoleförbund) signed The Berlin Declaration. The declaration aims at supporting Open Access Initiatives. The SLU policy should be seen in the light of that declaration....


  • The SLU policy was adopted one day before the Harvard policy, just as the University of Oregon policy was adopted one day after.  Clearly they didn't influence one another, and show the ripeness of the idea.  Kudos to all involved at SLU.
  • I hope the SLU will consider strengthening its policy in light of the evidence that policies requiring OA are generally effective and policies merely encouraging it are not.