Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) adopts Green OA self-archiving mandate

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2007 05:45:51 +0100

     From Driver News

    After the good news from Liège, Flanders now also has an OA mandate:
    the FWO (major Flemish research funding body) obliges its researchers
    to self-archive all articles coming from research funded by the FWO,
    in OA repositories. This needs to be done at the latest one year
    after the publication date, to increase visibility and impact. More
    information on the conditions can be found in their general agreement
    for researchers.

This is good news, but could easily be made even better by upgrading the
mandate to Immediate Deposit (ID/OA): Setting access to Open Access can be
delayed for up to a year if the author wishes, but deposit itself must be
done immediately upon acceptance for publication.

    Optimizing OA Self-Archiving Mandates: What? Where? When? Why? How?

    Generic Rationale and Model for University Open Access Self-Archiving
    Mandate: Immediate-Deposit/Optional Access (ID/OA)

(If the author wishes to delay access, they can set access to the deposit
as Closed Access till the release date. Meanwhile the "Fair-Use Button"
can provide almost-OA to all would-be users webwide who see the deposit's
metadata: They need merely paste in their email addresses and click,
sending an automatic email request to the author, who need merely click
to authorize having an individual eprint of the deposit emailed to
the requester.)

    EPrints "Request eprint" button

    Two Happy Accidents Demonstrate Power of "Eprint Request" Button

Stevan Harnad
Received on Sat Apr 07 2007 - 06:00:00 BST

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