US University OA Resolutions Omit Most Important Component

Stevan Harnad harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Mon Jun 6 23:33:24 EST 2005


I am happy to report that 4 out of the 8 University OA Resolutions in
ARL's 2005 list

    http://www.arl.org/scomm/open_access/2005facultyresolutions.html

do *not* omit the all-important self-archiving component of an Open 
Access Policy.

University of Kansas (1) has already registered its policy at

    http://www.eprints.org/signup/fulllist.php

and it is hoped Cornell (2), Case Western Reserve University (3) and
University of Wisconsin-Madison (3) will register theirs too! Their
self-archiving policies [excerpted] are:

(1) University of Kansas:

    "[T]he University of Kansas Faculty Senate... Calls on all
    faculty of the University of Kansas to... deposit... a digital
    copy of every article accepted by a peer-reviewed journal into
    the [KU] ScholarWorks repository, or a similar open access venue"
    http://www.provost.ku.edu/policy/scholarly_information/scholarly_resolution.htm

(2) Cornell University:

    "The Senate strongly urges all faculty to deposit preprint or
    postprint copies of articles in an open access repository such as
    the Cornell University DSpace Repository..."
    http://www.library.cornell.edu/scholarlycomm/resolution.html

(3) University of Wisconsin:

    "University of Wisconsin-Madison...faculty and academic staff
    researchers...  must take action to ensure that their works are
    accessible to advance research and learning, and specifically
    should consider... Self-archiving their works in information
    repositories supported by research institutions and professional
    societies."  
    http://www.secfac.wisc.edu/senate/20050307/1839.pdf

(4) Case Western Reserve University:

    "Be it resolved that the Faculty Senate urges the University and
    its members to... Post their work prior to publication in an open
    digital archive and... to post their published work in a timely
    fashion and provide institutional support to those seeking to do so"
    http://www.case.edu/president/facsen/frames/committees/library/LibraryComReport.pdf

Peter Suber has a longer list including earlier University Resolutions at:

    http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/lists.htm#actions

Over 90% of journals already endorse author self-archiving, 

    http://romeo.eprints.org/

so the only thing still needed now is university policies mandating it:

    http://www.eprints.org/signup/sign.php
    http://www.surf.nl/download/Alma%20Swan%20-%20Faculty%20awareness.ppt
    http://www.eprints.org/berlin3/outcomes.html
    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200304/cmselect/cmsctech/399/39903.htm

Stevan Harnad

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UNIVERSITIES: If you have adopted or plan to adopt an institutional
policy of providing Open Access to your own research article output,
please describe your policy at:
        http://www.eprints.org/signup/sign.php

UNIFIED DUAL OPEN-ACCESS-PROVISION POLICY:
    BOAI-1 ("green"): Publish your article in a suitable toll-access journal
            http://romeo.eprints.org/
OR
    BOAI-2 ("gold"): Publish your article in a open-access journal if/when 
            a suitable one exists.
            http://www.doaj.org/
AND  
    in BOTH cases self-archive a supplementary version of your article
            in your institutional repository.
            http://www.eprints.org/self-faq/
            http://archives.eprints.org/





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