University of Bremen Registers its Open Access Self-Archiving Policy

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2005 20:48:53 +0100

    The University of Bremen, Germany
        has signed the
    Registry of Institutional OA Self-Archiving Policies

   in accordance with the Berlin-3 recommendation:

That now makes it 6+ countries and 13+ institutions who have registered their
existing or planned OA self-archiving policies so far:

    Germany (4),
    France (3+)
    US (2)
    UK (1+)
    Portugal (1),
    Australia (1)
    Multinational (CERN) (1)

But the rank orders are a little misleading, as France's institutions
include the CNRS, a nation-wide network of laboratories that constitutes a
multidisciplinary mega-institution

And it looks as if Germany might soon have a similar mega-institution
signing (the Max-Planck institutions):

Also, of the 13+ institutions with self-archiving policies, two of them
already have adopted a self-archiving *requirement* rather than merely
a self-archiving *recommendation*: the UK's University of Southampton
(ECS) and the Multinational Laboratory, CERN). This stronger policy is
also reflected in the fact that the policies have also generated a >90%
self-archiving rate for current research output:

And if all goes well, the UK may soon be the first country to have a
nation-wide self-archiving requirement for all RCUK-funded research:

American Scientist Open Access Forum Topic Thread:

    "The self-archiving sweepstakes" (began 2003)

Stevan Harnad

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

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