Re: Norway: Open Online Access to Research

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 13:47:15 +0100

    "Norway has made a nationwide commitment to Open Access for the
    biomedical research it funds. All universities, polytechnics research
    institutes and hospitals in Norway became BioMed Central members on
    1 October 2004."

If -- not *instead of* but *in addition to* this commitment to fund the
publication of (some? all?) Norwegian biomedical research article output
with one (Open Access) publisher -- Norway were *also* to mandate the
self-archiving of all Norwegian research article output, regardless
of which journal it is published in, Norway would not only have 100%
Open Access for all of its research output at no additional cost, but
Norwegian researchers would retain more freedom of choice about which
journal they publish it in.

That seemed to be the direction Norway was heading in November 2003:

    "Norway: Open Online Access to Research"

Has Norway been side-tracked from the green road by the glitter of the
golden road since that time?

None of the 4 Norwegian Universities seems to have yet signed:

Stevan Harnad

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