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Switzerland's 4th Green OA Mandate, Planet's 66th Stevan Harnad 03 Mar 2009 17:22 UTC

OA Self-Archiving Policy: University of St. Gallen

University of St. Gallen (SWITZERLAND* institutional-mandate)

Institution's/Department's OA Eprint Archives [growth data]

Institution's/Department's OA Self-Archiving Policy

The new 'Reglement zur Open Access Policy' (signed December 15th, 2008
by the Senate, the academic governing body of the university) contains
rules for the researchers at the University of St. Gallen. These rules
go beyond the former 'Open Access Policy' (signed November 12th, 2007
also by the Senate). The new regulations are mandatory.

There are three parts in the new regulations: General provisions,
Obligations and Rights of researchers.

General statement: The results of the research at the University of
St. Gallen should be open to public access.

Obligations : The researchers are obliged to retain the necessary
rights for self-archiving under OA (Open Access) prior to publication.
If this is only possible with a temporally limited embargo, they have
to fix this period in the contract. If there is a possibility to
publish the post-print version under OA instead of the pre-print one
the researchers have to choose the former.

There is, however, a phrase in the regulations "soweit möglich",
meaning "where possible", because the university is aware of the
situation that there are publishers who do not allow self-archiving
under OA.

The full text (post-print or pre-print) has to be published in the
institutional repository of the research platform of the University of
St. Gallen ( at the moment of
acceptance by a publisher. Further, the university encourages the
researchers to publish in OA-journals.

Rights: The university supports the researchers concerning all matters of OA.
Added by: Ruedi Lindegger (Coordinator Research-Platform) alexandria
AT on 03 Mar 2009