Re: European Research Council Mandates Green OA Self-Archiving

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2008 11:22:00 +0000

On Tue, 15 Jan 2008, Ari Belenkiy wrote:

> I am likely missing the point here:
> > "The ERC requires that all peer-reviewed publications from ERC-funded
> > research projects be deposited on publication into an appropriate
> > research
> > repository where available, such as PubMed Central, ArXiv or an
> > institutional repository, and subsequently made Open Access within 6
> > months
> > of publication."
> To place the paper on ArXiv is not the same as to provide an "Open
> Access"?
> Doesn't the former and latter just mean: "availability to all"?
> And if a publisher objects to a 6-month period and insists on 12-month
> one,
> for example? I should not sign the deal or I am defended by law if I break
> it?

The point is that the ERC (and others) have wisely opted for the
Immediate-Deposit/Optional-Access (ID/OA) Mandate (or what Peter Suber
calls the Dual Deposit/Release Mandate), in which immediate deposit (of
the final, peer-reviewed draft, immediately upon acceptance for
publication) is mandatory, but the date at which access to that deposit
is set as Open Access (full-text and metadata accessible webwide) rather
than Closed Access (metadata accessible webwide, but not yet the full
text) may be delayed, if there is a publisher embargo (but the allowable
embargo period is capped at a maximum of 6 months by the ERC, 12 months
by NIH).

This successfully sidelines all copyright issues, which are relegated
to the access-setting, not the deposit.

(Note that among the many other reasons in favor of -- and the complete
of reasons against -- stipulating that the locus of deposit should be
the researcher's institutional repository (IR), and *not* one of the
central-repository (CR) options [Deposit Institutionally, Harvest
Centrally], is the fact that IRs have the option of Closed Access Deposit,
whereas CRs do not [although they could easily add that option].)

"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.

> Ari Belenkiy
> Mathematics Department
> Bar-Ilan University
> Ramat Gan 52900 ISRAEL
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