Re: Mandatory policy success

From: Sally Morris (Morris Associates) <"Sally>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2007 12:15:28 +0100

What I find interesting about this is that it confirms other findings that
academics are not actually motivated to self-archive - only compulsion will
do it.

It's one of the curious things about the 'Open Access movement' that uptake
by the academics themselves (for whose benefit it is supposed to be) depends
on compulsion


Sally Morris
Consultant, Morris Associates (Publishing Consultancy)
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Clapham, Worthing, West Sussex BN13 3UU, UK
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-----Original Message-----
From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
Behalf Of Professor Arthur Sale
Sent: 21 June 2007 03:23
Subject: Mandatory policy success

The results of a survey carried out by the Australasian Digital
Theses program have recently been released. The full report is
available at
It applies to the deposit of open access electronic copies of
research theses (eg PhD) in university repositories in Australia and
New Zealand (and thence searchable through the ADT gateway

It is apparent from the report (and indeed highlighted by the
authors) that a mandatory deposit policy results in a submission rate
of 95% of all theses accepted, while its absence results in a
submission rate of 17-22% (in other words, a pitifully empty
repository). While this should not be news to anyone, the report has
hard quotable facts on the success of an institutional mandatory
policy over a substantial population of universities.

59% (ie 33) of Australian and New Zealand universities have mandatory
deposit policies in place in 2007, so the technological change has
gone well beyond the tipping point. I expect the remaining 41% of
universities to follow suit in the very near future; the report
suggests that 24% had already started planning to this end in 2006.

In another interesting fact, three universities have provision for a
thesis to be lodged electronically only (in other words no paper
copy) and one is considering it. It is not clear how much this
provision is used for hypermedia theses, or if it will spread.

Arthur Sale
University of Tasmania
Received on Thu Jun 21 2007 - 12:59:27 BST

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