Open access jeremiads, archivangelism and self-archiving mandates

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 04:58:05 +0100

    Porter, George (2006) Let's Get it Started!
    Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 47.

    "...Stevan Harnad is into the second decade of his jeremiad on
    the subject of self-archiving. A number of platforms have been
    created to support institutional repositories... If librarians and
    academicians agree on the desirability of institutional repositories,
    and software platforms and services are available to make repositories
    technically feasible, one is left to ponder a few questions. Why are
    there so few institutional repositories up and running? Why are the
    existing institutional repositories generally not well filled with
    the intellectual output of their respective institutions?..."


J1:1 Yes, conducting jeremiads for self-archiving is not enough.

J1:2 Yes, creating IR software is not enough.

J1:3 Yes, creating IRs is not enough.

J1:4 Yes, library activism is not enough.
          See Book of Ezekiel:

J1:5 Not even providing the evidence on how self-archiving enhances research impact
          is enough:

J1:6 Only (institutional and funder) self-archiving mandates provide the necessary
          and sufficient conditions for setting self-archiving inexorably
          on the path to 100% OA -- yet that's precisely what George
          Porter fails even to mention!.
          See Book of Ruth:

J1:7 Nor are jeremiads to mandate self-archiving enough to generate self-archiving
          mandates either:
          "What Provosts Need to Mandate" (2003)

J1:8 Only the empirical example of those institutions and funders that already
          mandate self-archiving -- and have thus demonstrated both
          the feasibility and the success of mandated self-archiving --
          will generate self-archiving mandates. And self-archiving. And
          100% OA.



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