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....
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.
Peter Suber at 2/21/2008 12:59:00 PM.
The open access movement:
Putting peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly literature
on the internet. Making it available free of charge and
free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Removing the barriers to serious research.