Testing the Finch Hypothesis on Green OA Mandate Ineffectiveness

Loet Leydesdorff loet at LEYDESDORFF.NET
Sun Oct 28 06:06:17 EDT 2012

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On Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 4:58 AM, Stevan Harnad <amsciforum at gmail.com> wrote:

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> 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 policy<http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/342580/1/harnad-cilip.pdf>
> .
> 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*
>>  * *

Professor Loet Leydesdorff
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