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Re: Public Access Mandate Made Law (fwd) Stevan Harnad (27 Dec 2007 13:27 UTC)

Re: Public Access Mandate Made Law (fwd) Stevan Harnad 27 Dec 2007 13:27 UTC

> Washington, D.C., December 26, 2007:
> the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2007 (H.R. 2764) includes a
> provision directing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide the
> public with open online access to findings from its funded research.

Worldwide, that now makes 21 funder mandates, 11 institutional mandates,
and 3 departmental mandates, plus 5 proposed funder mandates, 1 proposed
institutional mandate, and 2 proposed multi-institutional mandates --
a total of 35 mandates already adopted and 8 more proposed so far. See

2008 will now be the year of institutional Green OA self-archiving
mandates. Research funder mandates cover funded research output in the
funder's field. Institutional mandates cover all of research output,
across all fields and nations.

The optimal way for funder and institutional mandates to complement one
another and to ensure that mandates swiftly and systematically scale up
to encompass all of research output worldwide is for both kinds of
mandates to require deposit directly in the researcher's own
Institutional Repository. Central Repositories, indexers, and search
engines can then harvest from the distributed network of
OAI-interoperable Institutional Repositories.

Stevan Harnad

If you have adopted or plan to adopt an policy of providing Open Access
to your own research article output, please describe your policy at:

     BOAI-1 ("Green"): Publish your article in a suitable toll-access journal
     BOAI-2 ("Gold"): Publish your article in an open-access journal if/when
     a suitable one exists.
     in BOTH cases self-archive a supplementary version of your article
     in your own institutional repository.