Swiss National Science Foundation adopts Green OA self-archiving mandate

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2007 15:59:52 +0100

Peter Suber's OA News
has just announced yet another very welcome and timely Green OA
Self-Archiving Mandate, this time from the Swiss National Science
Foundation (SNF) (Switzerland's second OA mandate: U. Zuerich was
the first).
That makes 14 University Mandates and 15 Funder Mandates adopted, and
more on the way.

The SNF mandate has only one (very easily remediable) bug: It allows
embargoes, which is OK, but it should make it clear that the embargo
is only allowed for the date of setting access to the deposit as Open
Access, not for the date of the *deposit* itself, which should be
upon acceptance for publication, with access, in case of embargo, set
as Closed Access. That way, each SNF author's Institutional Repository's
"Fair Use" Button can take care of all would-be users' access needs
during any Closed Access embargo period via semi-automated email eprint
requests to the author:

    From Peter Suber's Open Access News
    (Thanks to Susanne Goetker.)

    Swiss National Science Foundation adopts an OA mandate

    Yesterday the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) announced
    an OA mandate to take effect on September 1, Open Access: Der SNF
    erlaesst Weisung fuer die Umsetzung.

    The policy requires OA archiving for the results of SNF-funded
    research. Grantees may deposit their work in institutional or
    disciplinary repositories, and must apparently respect any embargo
    imposed by their publisher. The SNF does not have its own repository
    and does not apparently plan to launch one.

    The SNF encourages without requiring publication in an OA journal, and
    at least sometimes will pay the publication fees at fee-based OA

    Comment. Kudos to the SNF. This will be a boon to Swiss
    research-authors and to all research-users. It also comes at a good
    time, when both the US and the EU are considering OA mandates, and
    adds to the growing momentum for public funding agencies to mandate
    open access for publicly-funded research.

    From Peter Suber's Open Access News
Received on Fri Aug 10 2007 - 22:42:46 BST

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