Open Access Mandates and the "Fair Dealing" Button

From: Stevan Harnad <amsciforum_at_GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 09:56:31 -0500

[Apologies for Cross-Posting]

Open Access Mandates and the "Fair Dealing" Button

Arthur Sale, Marc Couture, Eloy Rodrigues, Leslie Carr, Stevan Harnad

To appear in "Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian Culture Online"
(Rosemary J. Coombe & Darren Wershler, Eds.)

ABSTRACT: We describe the "Fair Dealing Button," a feature designed
for authors who have deposited their papers in an Open Access
Institutional Repository but have deposited them as "Closed Access"
(meaning only the metadata are visible and retrievable, not the full
eprint) rather than Open Access. The Button allows individual users to
request and authors to provide a single eprint via semi-automated
email. The purpose of the Button is to tide over research usage needs
during any publisher embargo on Open Access and, more importantly, to
make it possible for institutions to adopt the
"Immediate-Deposit/Optional-Access" Mandate, without exceptions or
opt-outs, instead of a mandate that allows delayed deposit or deposit
waivers, depending on publisher permissions or embargoes (or no
mandate at all). This is only "Almost-Open Access," but in
facilitating exception-free immediate-deposit mandates it will
accelerate the advent of universal Open Access.

12 pages, 5 figures, 32 references.
Received on Tue Feb 16 2010 - 14:57:17 GMT

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