Re: The self-archiving sweepstakes

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 14:31:24 +0100

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Canada and Scotland have joined UK, US, Australia, India and Norway in
edging toward mandated self-archiving:

Mandatory self-archiving of peer-reviewed research articles resulting from
funded research has recently been recommended (among other Open Access
measures) in a Brief to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
of Canada (SSHRC) by the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL)
as well as in the Scottish Science Information Strategy
Working Group's [Open Access] Declaration (Draft):

Similar recommendations have already been made in the
and Norway
(France, Germany, and possibly the Netherlands and others are closing in too.)

It is now a historic race to see which nation actually implements the
recommendation first.

The probabilities are more or less reflected in the the current rank
order of the number of OA Eprint Archives of the top 14 countries in
the Institutional Archives Registry:
United States (57),
United Kingdom (33),
Canada (17),
France (15),
Sweden (13),
Germany (12),
Netherlands (12),
Italy (11),
Australia (9),
India (4),
Brazil (4),
Hungary (4),
China (4),
Denmark (3).

Institutions that have created OA Archives can register them at:

Institutions that have implemented an OA self-archiving policy
can make it known at:

Institutions that wish to create OA Archives can find free
GNU Eprints software at:

The Directory of Journal/Publisher self-archiving policies is at:

For the latest data on the size of the OA citation impact advantage,

Stevan Harnad
Received on Wed Aug 18 2004 - 14:31:24 BST

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