Universidade do Minho Open Access Policy
harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Mon Dec 20 14:57:58 EST 2004
In Open Access News, Peter Suber wrote:
University of Minho mandates OA archiving by its faculty
The University of Minho in Portugal http://www.uminho.pt/
has adopted a policy mandating that its faculty deposit their
research (with a few exceptions), and that grad students deposit
their theses and dissertations, in the university's open-access
repository: https://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/ . The university
has also decided to sign the Berlin Declaration on Open Access
to Knowledge. The new policy was adopted on December 6, 2004,
and will take effect on January 1, 2005. For more details,
see the university press release (in Portuguese or in English).
(PS: This is the first university policy I know of with an explicit
mandate for OA archiving by its faculty. The Queensland University
of Technology was the pioneer on this trail, and had a similar policy
http://www.eprints.org/signup/fulllist.php in place more than a year
ago. http://www.qut.edu.au/admin/mopp/F/F_01_03.html But QUT stopped
one hair short of a mandate, and merely announced the expectation
that faculty scholarship "is to be" on deposit in the university
repository. The new Minho policy says that faculty "must" archive
their publications. Kudos to the Minho rector and administration for
their forthright and beneficial policy. Moreover, they adodpted it
for the right reason. Quoting Eloy Rodrigues' English translation
of the press release: 'It's in the best interest of University of
Minho...to maximise the visibility, usage and impact of the scientific
output of its schools/departments and teachers/researchers.')
Pertinent prior AmSci Topic Threads:
"What Provosts Need to Mandate"
"Mandating OA around the corner?"
"Implementing the US/UK recommendation to mandate OA Self-Archiving"
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