The UK Committee Report on OA
harnad at ECS.SOTON.AC.UK
Wed Jul 21 09:33:42 EDT 2004
I am forwarding this because of
the general interest and implications of the UK report.
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Date: Tue, 20 Jul 2004 09:01:34 +0100
From: Stevan Harnad <harnad at ecs.soton.ac.uk>
To: AMERICAN-SCIENTIST-OPEN-ACCESS-FORUM at LISTSERVER.SIGMAXI.ORG
Subject: Re: Mandating OA around the corner?
[I have now seen the report, and the positive rumour indeed proved correct!]
**Written July 19, posted July 20 2004**
I am at the Barcelona 2004 Forum on the biology of conflict and cooperation
so I have not seen the UK Select Committee Report (embargoed till
tomorrow, July 20, four hours from now).
But if the rumour is false that it will only recommend support for OA
"Re: UK Select Committee Inquiry into Scientific Publication"
and the rumour is true that it will also recommend mandating
the self-archiving of all UK-funded research, then the outcome could
not have been better -- though it could have come 10 years earlier!
"June 27 2004: The 1994 "Subversive Proposal" at 10"
Mandated self-archiving for UK-funded research output had
been precisely what our own written testimony (with Tony Hey,
Charles Oppenheim, and numerous other co-signatories) had
And this UK recommendation would perfectly complement the steps NIH is
beginning to take in the same direction in the US:
"Re: Mandating OA around the corner?"
Now the recommendation needs only implementation:
and then I *guarantee* that all the rest of the OA dominoes
will rapidly fall, worldwide.
If you have adopted or plan to adopt an institutional policy of providing
Open Access to your own research article output, please describe your
UNIFIED DUAL OPEN-ACCESS-PROVISION POLICY:
BOAI-2 ("gold"): Publish your article in a suitable open-access
journal whenever one exists.
BOAI-1 ("green"): Otherwise, publish your article in a suitable
toll-access journal and also self-archive it.
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