Testing the Finch Hypothesis on Green OA Mandate Ineffectiveness

Stevan Harnad amsciforum at GMAIL.COM
Sat Oct 27 23:58:12 EDT 2012

On Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 1:44 PM, CHARLES OPPENHEIM <
c.oppenheim at btinternet.com> wrote:

This is a significant and important set of findings, which should be
> forwarded on to decision-makers, both in Universities and in funding
> agencies.
> More like this, please Stevan
> Professor Charles Oppenheim

More on the way.

But meanwhile, OA advocates, *please do forward these findings on mandate
strength to decision-makers at your university and funding agencies*.

It's now more important than ever to make sure that OA policy decisions are
evidence-based, especially to counter the extensive negative effects of the
publishing lobby, as most dramatically exerted very recently on the Finch
Report and the resulting RCUK

Stevan Harnad

> *From:* Stevan Harnad <amsciforum at GMAIL.COM>
> *Sent:* Friday, 26 October 2012, 18:59
> *Subject:* OA Week: Testing the Finch Hypothesis on Green OA Mandate
> Effectiveness
> In June 2012, the UK Finch Committee made the following statement:
> *"The [Green OA] policies of neither research funders nor universities
> themselves have yet had a major effect in ensuring that researchers make
> their publications accessible in institutional repositories…"* *[Finch
> Committee Recommendation, June 2012<http://www.researchinfonet.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Finch-Group-report-FINAL-VERSION.pdf>
> ]** *
> *
> *
> *Testing the Finch Hypothesis*
> We have now tested the Finch Hypothesis. Using data from ROARMAP
> institutional Green OA mandates and data from ROAR on institutional
> repositories, we found that deposit number and rate is significantly
> correlated with mandate strength (classified as 1-12): The stronger the
> mandate, the more the deposits. The strongest mandates generate deposit
> rates of  70%+ within 2 years of adoption, compared to the un-mandated
> deposit rate of  20%. The effect is already detectable at the national
> level, where the UK, which has the largest proportion of Green OA mandates,
> has a national OA rate of 35%, compared to the global baseline of 25%.
> *Conclusion**
> *The conclusion is that, contrary to the Finch Hypothesis, Green Open
> Access Mandates *do* have a major effect, and the stronger the mandate,
> the stronger the effect (the Liege ID/OA mandate<http://roarmap.eprints.org/56/>,
> linked to research performance evaluation, being the strongest mandate
> model). RCUK<http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/documents/documents/RCUK%20_Policy_on_Access_to_Research_Outputs.pdf> (as
> well as all universities, research institutions and research funders
> worldwide) would be well advised to adopt the strongest Green OA mandates
> and to integrate institutional and funder mandates.
>  The findings are in the link below. *Discussion invited!*
> Gargouri, Yassine, Lariviere, Vincent, Gingras, Yves, Brody, Tim, Carr,
> Les and Harnad, Stevan (2012) Testing the Finch Hypothesis on Green OA
> Mandate Effectiveness <http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/344687/>. *Open Access
> Week 2012*
>  * *
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