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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

An OA mandate for ICRISAT

India's International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has adopted an OA mandate.  (Thanks to Stevan Harnad.)  Excerpt:

Every ICRISAT researcher/author in all locations, laboratories and offices will send a PDF copy of the authorís final version of a paper immediately upon receipt of communication from the publisher about its acceptance.

This policy is effective retroactively to 1 January 2009, in order to capture the publication outputs for the entire calendar year. The policy will remain in effect until further notice.

All PDFs should be sent electronically to the Library and Information Services. Complete citation details need to be provided once the article is actually published. The Library and Information Services will make the PDF available via ICRISATís Open Access platform....

Comment.  As Stevan points out, this is the third OA mandate in India, after Bharathidasan University and the National Institute of Technology Rourkela.  It's also the first anywhere from a research institution focusing on agriculture.  I applaud the immediate-deposit provision and the universality across ICRISAT labs and offices.  (I just wish that the policy didn't require PDFs, a reuse-unfriendly format that we should leave behind.)  Congratulations to all involved.  Also see our past posts on ICRISAT and its OA work.

Update (5/28/09).  Also see the ICRISAT press release (reprinted in the Business Standard), and the short article in Feedstuffs.

Update (5/31/09). Also see the article in Afrique en ligne.

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