The ROARMAP database of Open Access policies

From: Alma Swan <a.swan_at_TALK21.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 12:25:32 +0100

UCL's Open Access mandate was adopted in October 2008, but only
announced in June 2009. It would be helpful if all universities that
adopt mandatory policies on Open Access would register them
immediately upon adoption in the ROARMAP database

Being able to see the details of existing policies helps other
institutions that are developing their own and means that new
policies are included in summary data like this chart
) at the soonest possible moment.

Alma Swan
Key Perspectives Ltd
Truro, UK

On 03/06/2009 13:28, "Stevan Harnad" <amsciforum_at_GMAIL.COM> wrote:

      The United Kingdom continues to lead the world in Open

      University College London (UCL) <>
       has just adopted the UK's 22nd (and the world's 84th<
      %20College%20London%20%28UCL%29> ) mandate to make all of
      its research output Open Access (by depositing it in
      UCL's Institutional Repository, UCL Eprints
      <> ). 

      With its 13 funder mandates and 9
      institutional/departmental mandates
      <>  so
      far, the UK still has the planet's highest proportion of
      Open Access Mandates. 

      But the world is catching up (see Figure

      Dr. Alma Swan of Key Perspectives
      <>  and University of
      Southampton, has just documented how mandates
      <>  to
      provide Open Access to research output have almost
      doubled globally in the year that has elapsed since
      Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences adopted
      the world's 44th Open Access mandate<
      University%3A%20Faculty%20of%20Arts%20and%20Sciences>  in
      May 2008.

      The world's first Open Access mandate<
      e>  was adopted in 2002 by the University of
      Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science
      (ECS). Southampton had previously designed, in 2000
      , the first free, Open Source software for creating Open
      Access Institutional Repositories, Eprints
      <> , now used the world over<
      er=name&submit=Filter> .

      In 2004 the UK Parliamentary Select Committee on Science
      and Technology (as urged by evidence
       provided by Southampton University and Loughborough
      University) recommended<
      03.htm>  "that all UK higher education institutions
      establish institutional repositories on which their
      published output can be stored and from which it can be
      read, free of charge, online [and] that Research Councils
      and other Government funders mandate their funded
      researchers to deposit a copy of all of their articles in
      this way." Research Councils UK
       went on in 2006-2008  to make a clean sweep, with all
      seven councils mandating Open Access in 2006-2008.

      But Alma Swan's analysis shows that the UK is at last
      going to lose its lead, as the global growth spurt of
      mandates we had all been awaiting appears to have begun.

      The globalization of Open Access mandates is of course
      something that all UK universities heartily welcome as a
      win/win outcome, optimal and inevitable for research and
      researchers worldwide. Open access is essentially
      reciprocal. The only way every university on the planet
      can gain open access to the research output of every
      other university on the planet is by each providing open
      access to its own research output: "Self-archive unto
      others as you would have them self-archive unto you<
      aq=f&oq=&aqi=> ."
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