Re: Status Report on UK Institutional Open Archives

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 17:15:53 +0000

On Fri, 24 Mar 2006, Chris Armstrong wrote:

> Perhaps, one reason for the lack of certainty about OAIRs is the
> (relatively) small number of journal publishers who are green;

Ninety-three percent of the 8869 journals indexed by Romeo is
(relatively) small?

> AND the
> fact that of those that do sanction deposit, many - such as Elsevier -
> apparently only allow it in own-institution archives (or personal
> websites). So all those 'willing' authors in 'unwilling' institutions are
> effectively stymied.

(1) Depositing in the author's own OA IR is the natural, optimal way to
do it (the institution being the primary provider, and in a position to
mandate and monitor compliance):

    Swan, A., Needham, P., Probets, S., Muir, A., Oppenheim, C., O?Brien,
    A., Hardy, R., Rowland, F. and Brown, S. (2005) Developing a model
    for e-prints and open access journal content in UK further and higher
    education. Learned Publishing 18(1) pp. 25-40.

(2) Any institution is just a few K pounds away from having an IR.

(3) But the many existing IRs are 85%+ empty
-- except the ones with mandates

(4) So the problem is not lack of IRs but lack of mandates.

Stevan Harnad
Received on Fri Mar 24 2006 - 17:16:50 GMT

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