Institutional Mandates and Institutional OA Repository Growth

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2007 14:37:29 +0100

                     ** Cross-Posted **

    Thomas, Chuck & McDonald, Robert H. (2007)
    Measuring and Comparing Participation Patterns in Digital
    Repositories: Repositories by the Numbers, Part 1.
    D-lib Magazine 13 (9/10)

    EXCERPT: "As for mandatory-deposit repositories, the limited
    available data indicate authors represented in such repositories
    tend to contribute more of their intellectual output. Sale (2006)
    predicted institutions establishing deposit mandates were likely
    to see such results within three years of implementing these
    policies... This study's findings only reinforce such predictions
    and arguments favoring institutional mandates. As the data in this
    article show, a mandate is arguably the "tipping point" described by
    Gladwell (2000) that can make depositing behavior among scholars not
    just widespread, but also more of an ingrained and complete behavior."
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