Re: The ROARMAP database of Open Access policies

From: Sally Morris <>
Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2009 17:28:36 +0100

When I consulted ROARMAP yesterday, many policies (including
Southampton's own) were not accessible, although there were from
Google's cached version... I hope this is a temporary glitch?





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From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
On Behalf Of Alma Swan
Sent: 04 June 2009 12:26
Subject: The ROARMAP database of Open Access policies


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 Access:

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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