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Universidade do Minho Open Access Policy

Stevan Harnad 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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