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Monday, February 09, 2009

India's CSIR asks its labs to adopt OA mandates

India's Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) has recommended that each of its 40+ laboratories adopt an OA mandate. 

From the memorandum of Naresh Kumar, Head of CSIR's R&D Planning Division, to the directors of all CSIR labs (and others), February 6, 2009:

CSIR is pleased to approve the implementation of the following recommendations of the "Group for Open Access to Science Publications (GOASP) of CSIR":

  1. All research papers published from all CSIR laboratories be made open access either by depositing the full-text and the metadata of each paper in an institutional repository or by publishing the papers in an open access journal in the first place.
  2. All the CSIR published journals to be made open access.
  3. Each laboratory sets up its own interoperable institutional open access repository.
  4. CSIR / lab sets up one or more centre(s) which would harvest the full-text and metadata of these papers.
  5. Each laboratory sets up Electronic Thesis and Dissertations Repository.
  6. To hold a conference for creating awareness on Open Access.
  7. To hold in house Training programmes on Open Access.
  8. Sensitize CSIR researchers. 

It is requested that the above Open Access activities are implemented at the earliest.

Comment.  This is not an OA mandate, but a request or recommendation that individual labs adopt their own mandates.  But it should carry weight, and it's unusually comprehensive:  not only that the labs launch IRs and mandate OA (green or gold), but that CSIR itself convert all its journals to OA.  Kudos to the members of GOASP for making a strong case, and kudos to the CSIR leadership for taking it up.