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Friday, September 12, 2008

APA finalizes its no-fee green policy

The American Psychological Association has finalized its self-archiving policy after a two-month re-examination.

If you remember, on July 15, 2008, the APA announced a policy to charge NIH-funded authors $2,500 to deposit their articles in PubMed Central, and to prohibit authors from depositing manuscripts on their own in PMC or any other repository.  Even after paying the fee, the APA would not deposit the published version of the article, would not allow OA release for 12 months, would not not allow authors to deposit in any other OA repository, and would not allow authors to retain copyright.  After immediate and widespread protest, the APA announced an interim policy on July 19, rescinding the fee, reaffirming the APA's long-standing green policy, and promising to re-examine the policy before making it final. 

The key paragraph of the final policy is identical to the corresponding paragraph of the interim policy of July 19:

Authors of manuscripts to be published in APA journals may post a copy of the final peer-reviewed manuscript, as a word processing, PDF, or other type file, on their personal Web site or on their employer's server after the manuscript is accepted for publication. The following conditions would prevail: The posted article must carry an APA copyright notice and include a link to the APA journal home page, and the posted article must include the following statement: "This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record. APA does not provide electronic copies of the APA published version for this purpose, and authors are not permitted to scan in the APA published version.

Comment.  The new policy is very conservative, but much better than the July 15 original.  I'm happy to repeat my response to the July 19 interim policy:  "I applaud the APA for reaffirming its green policy for all APA authors, including NIH-funded authors, and I applaud it for dropping the deposit fee."

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