Russian OA mandate: not quite as first stated

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum_at_GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2008 18:22:47 -0400

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All is not lost if this mandate is in fact ID/OA
(Immediate-Deposit/Optional-Access, or what Peter Suber calls Dual
Deposit/Release).

The only things standing between our planet and 100% OA is keystrokes.
If deposit is mandated, even if the deposited article is not made
immediately OA, that's 99% of the battle won -- and, to switch
metaphors, the last domino will fall soon thereafter).

And meanwhile, with all articles deposited, there is almost-OA via the
Institional Repositories' semi-automatic and almost-immediate "Email
Eprint Request" Button:

How the Immediate-Deposit/Optional-Access Mandate + the "Fair Use"
Button Work
http://openaccess.eprints.org/index.php?/archives/274-guid.html

Stevan Harnad

On 08-06-09, at 15:43, Peter Suber wrote:

> [Forwarding from Kevin Hawkins, with permission. --Peter Suber.]
>
>
> In a recent posting on the Open Access News blog (
> http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/2008/06/russian-oa-mandate.html ),
> Peter Suber quoted a message from me saying that a government agency in
> Russia recently announced a policy change of its policy on which
> publications are acceptable venues for publishing the results of thesis
> research. I said that OA was being mandated for any publication
> included in this list.
>
> I learned of this while reviewing a conference paper (which said full
> text must be available online), but it's only now that I translated the
> new policy that I realized that my initial understanding of it was a
> too
> good to be true. Beginning in October, publications in the list of
> acceptable publications must provide article metadata in OA, and the
> full text must be available online, either through OA or to subscribers
> only. My apologies for leading Peter and any other readers astray.
>
> Article 1259 of the Civil Code of the Russian Federation says that
> works
> produced by government agencies are not copyrighted, so I have
> translated the text of the recent decision below. (A Word document,
> apparently generated by OCRing the official policy disseminated on
> paper, is available at http://isu.ru/science/docs/VAK_O_perechne.doc .)
>
> --Kevin
>
> ###
>
> COMMISSION FOR ACADEMIC DEGREES AND TITLES OF THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
> AND SCIENCE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION
> DECISION OF THE PRESIDIUM
>
> from March 7, 2008 No. 9/11
>
> On measures for raising the effectiveness of using the List of Leading
> Peer-reviewed Scholarly Journals and Publications
>
> The Presidium of the Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of the
> Ministry of Education and Science of Russia has decided:
>
> 1. To affirm the system of criteria for including publications in the
> List of Leading Peer-reviewed Scholarly Journals and Publications
> published in the Russian Federation in which the fundamental scientific
> research results of dissertations for academic degrees of doctor and
> candidate of sciences must be published.
>
> 2. To introduce a [new] system of criteria for including publications
> in
> the List of Leading Peer-reviewed Scholarly Journals and Publications
> published in the Russian Federation in which the fundamental scientific
> research results of dissertations for academic degrees of doctor and
> candidate of sciences must be published starting October 1, 2008.
>
> 3. To implement a full transition to using the Web of Science indexes
> for all disciplines except humanities and social sciences starting
> January 1, 2012.
>
> 4. To begin full-scale operation of the Russian Index of Scholarly
> Citation (RINTS) starting September 1, 2008.
>
> 5. To announce the decision of the current presidium of the Commission
> for Academic Degrees of the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia
> in the Bulletin of the Commission for Academic Degrees and Titles of
> the
> Ministry of Education and Science of Russia and on the official site of
> the Commission.
>
> Chairman M.P. Kirpichnikov
> F.I. Shamkhalov
> Main Academic Secretary N.I. Arister;
> Visas: Pakhomov
>
> System of criteria for inclusion of publications in the List
>
> Sufficient condition.
>
> The presence of current issues of the publication (or its English
> version) in one of three Web of Science indexes (Science Citation
> Index,
> Social Sciences Citation Index, or Arts & Humanities Citation Index).
>
> Necessary condition: fulfillment by the publication (whether
> traditional
> or born-digital) of all of the following criteria:
>
> 1. The presence of an institution of peer review (expert rating) of
> manuscripts. The obligatory providing by the editors of the edited copy
> to authors of manuscripts and, upon request, to the expert committee of
> the Commission.
>
> 2. Informational openness of the publication
>
> The presence of a full-text version on the Internet. Abstracts,
> keywords, information on authors, and bibliographies must be available
> in open access in Russian and English, and full-text versions of the
> articles must be available in open-access or available only to
> subscribers.
>
> The regular provision of information about published articles through
> the specified form to RINTS.
>
> The obligatory indication of the composition of the editorial board on
> the site of the publication.
>
> The obligatory indication of the places of work of all authors, their
> titles, and their contact information.
>
> 3. Other requirements
>
> Strict periodicity. The applying publication must present not less than
> the four last issues of the publication.
>
> The presence of bibliographic citations for all articles in a single
> format, specified by RINTS.
>
> The presence of keywords for every publication.
>
> The presence of and strict adherence to published rules for author
> manuscripts.
>
> The absence of fees for publishing manuscripts.
>
> The presence of an ISSN.
>
> The presence of a subscriber code from Rospechat‚?? and/or the Unified
> Catalog of the Russian Press (not applicable to electronic
> publications).
>
> For electronic publications, registration in Informregistr is
> obligatory.
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