After the NIH Green OA Self-Archiving Mandate

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 21:55:50 +0000

                      ** Cross-Posted **

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

This is from your greedy, never-satisfied Archivangelist:

Now that the NIH Green OA Self-Archiving Mandate looks as if it will
shortly be signed into Law:

    (1) There is no need to wait to implement the NIH mandate

    (2) There is no need to ape it: It can easily be optimised

    (3) There is no need to reserve Green OA self-archiving for NIH-funded
    biomedical research

    (4) All universities should mandate that all their research articles
    in all their disciplines are self-archived

    (5) There is no need to self-archive all those articles in PubMed
    Central: They should be self-archived in each university's own
    Institutional Repository

    (6) There is no need to allow deposit to be embargoed for 12
    months: Deposit should be mandated immediately upon acceptance
    for publication

    (7) Embargoed articles can be set as Closed Access during any embargo

    (8) Meanwhile the Institutional Repository will allow
    users webwide to email the author a semi-automatic request for an
    eprint for individual use immediately for any deposit that is not
    yet OA.

This will provide either immediate OA (62%) or almost-immediate,
almost-OA (38%) for all research articles in all disciplines -- and
it will hasten the natural and well-deserved death of research access
embargoes worldwide.

Summary of how to optimize the Green OA Self-Archiving Mandate:

  (I) Universities mandate deposit in their own Institutional Repositories.
  (II) Deposit is mandated immediately upon acceptance for publication.
  (III) The permissible embargo on the date the deposit is set as OA,
  not on the day the deposit is made.

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

Stevan Harnad

If you have adopted or plan to adopt a policy of providing Open Access
to your own research article output, please describe your policy at:

    BOAI-1 ("Green"): Publish your article in a suitable toll-access journal
    BOAI-2 ("Gold"): Publish your article in an open-access journal if/when
    a suitable one exists.
    in BOTH cases self-archive a supplementary version of your article
    in your own institutional repository.

On Thu, 20 Dec 2007, Stevan Harnad wrote:

> See Peter Suber's Open Access News:
> Congress sends revised spending bill, and OA mandate for NIH,
> to President
> -bill.html
> Also:
> > Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 14:48:48 -0000
> > From: Alma Swan <a.swan -->
> > Cc: 'Peter Suber' <peters -->
> >
> > The Appropriations Bill, with the language in about the NIH mandate,
> > passed
> > in the US Senate last night. It now *will* be signed off by President
> > Bush.
> > See Heather's message below.
> >
> > Heather deserves huge congratulations...
> > Now to try to emulate her in Brussels ...
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Heather Joseph heather --
> > Sent: 20 December 2007 14:17
> > To: Alma Swan; David Prosser
> >
> > Bill passed last night, and Bush will sign in next few days...
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