My Mistake: China is on the Side of the Angels!

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum_at_GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2009 18:06:33 -0500

My gratitude to Iryna Kuchma for having pointed out my error, and my
sincere apologies to the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for having
thought otherwise, even for a moment!

(I ought to have known, for it was I who registered the CAS mandate on
19 August 2009!)

Unlike the Netherlands, U California, U. Goettingen, Max-Planck
Institutes, the COPE members, and indeed SCOAP3, CAS did first mandate
Green OA, before committing to pay for Gold OA.

This policy is exemplary and unexceptionable. Let's hope the rest of
the world will follow it. (And shame on me for having imagined

On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 Iryna Kuchma wrote:

> Dear Stevan,
> In February 2009 NSL launched a Knowledge repository ( and
> mandated the NSL members to deposit all their articles 1 month after the publication.
>The deposited articles will be the indicators of research performance during the
> annual performance evaluation, which impacts salaries, tenure and promotion.
> NSL also provides organisational and technological framework for a CAS wide
> IR infrastructure helping every institute to set up an IR, implementing a
> harvester-based cross-repository search and browse service to enhance
> exposure of the CAS=92s research outputs and building blocks for national o=
> r
> international wide repository infrastructure. 39 CAS institutes participate
> in the project and 29 of them have already deployed IRs (these figures are
> from October 2009). NSL provides a policy mechanisms and technology support
> to them. So we can expect more mandates in CAS in the coming year when Chin=
> a
> will be hosting the 8th Berlin Open Access Conference.
> References:
> 1. Open Access Practice in National Science Library, Chinese Academy of
> Science, written by LI Lin, LIU Xiwen and ZHANG Xiaolin, NSL, CAS, presente=
> d
> at the 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly: Libraries create futures:
> Building on cultural heritage, 23-27 August 2009, Milan, Italy:
> 2. Introduction to the Cooperation between CAS and DRIVER by Jianxia Ma,
> Xiaolin Zhang and Zhongming Zhu presented at  DRIVER Confederation Summit,
> October 20, 2009, Ghent University Library:
> 3. China and OA: =0BWelcoming and Contributing by Zhang Xiaoling presented =
> at
> the 7th Berlin Open Access Conference, Panth=E9on-Sorbonne University in
> Paris, 2-4 December 2009:
> With best wishes,
> Iryna Kuchma
> eIFL Open Access program manager
> 2009/12/20 Stevan Harnad <>
>> Hyperlinked version:
>> Re: "Chinese Academy of Sciences embraces open access"
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