Re: Convergent IR Deposit Mandates vs. Divergent CR Deposit Mandates

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum_at_GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2008 18:42:36 -0400

Michael Eisen wrote:

> Why can't authors just simply submit to their institutional archive
and then have the
> archive pass on the paper to PMC along with the minimal extra
meta-data required
> (grant codes, etc...)?

Because that Method of Deposit is not currently listed as one of the
four Methods of complying with
the NIH mandate. The gist of this discussion is that this 5th Method
should be added to this
list in order to facilitate the adoption and implementation of
institutional IR deposit mandates.

      There are four methods to ensure that a manuscript is
      submitted to PubMed Central in compliance with the NIH
      Public Access Policy. 

      Method A: Publish in a journal that deposits all
      NIH-funded final published articles in PubMed Central
      (PMC) without author involvement. 

      Method B: Make arrangements to have a publisher deposit a
      specific final published article in PubMed Central. 

      Method C: Deposit the final peer-reviewed manuscript in
      PMC yourself via the NIH Manuscript Submission System

      Method D: Complete the submission process for a final
      peer-reviewed manuscript that the publisher has deposited
      in the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).

> [W]hy is everyone assuming that the existence of an institutional
> archive requires double deposits for authors who are also under a
> funder mandate to submit to a central repository?

It is not the existence of IR sthat is at issue, but the
non-existence of IR mandates.

Specifying IR deposit as a Method (preferably the preferred method)
of fulfilling the NIH mandate will facilitate the adoption of IR
mandates. Not specifying it will discourage the adoption of IR

This is why I have kept stressing (since 2004!) that this is all just
a minor (but super-important) implementational detail, not a policy
A Simple Way to Optimize the NIH Public Access Policy

As Les Carr wrote:

> This has become technically possible with the SWORD protocol for
> automated repository deposits. The SWORD development team (financed
> JISC in the UK) is hoping to engage with PMC and with arXiv to make
> standard way for IRs to pass relevant holdings onwards to other
> repositories.

Stevan Harnad
Received on Mon Jul 28 2008 - 01:08:53 BST

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