Sunday, July 23, 2006

Dramatic progress in the adoption of OA self-archiving mandates

As reported by Stevan Harnad, American Scientist Open Access Forum:

There has been dramatic progress in the adoption of Open Access
Self-Archiving Mandates lately.

ROARMAP (Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies)
http://www.eprints.org/signup/fulllist.php
and
ROAR (Registry of Open Access Repositories)
http://archives.eprints.org/
now list:

497 institutional repositories registered to date
29 institutional or funder self-archiving policies
*10 self-archiving mandates
**4 funder self-archiving mandates

*AUSTRALIA Queensland U. Technology
*EUROPE CERN
FRANCE CNRS
FRANCE INRA
FRANCE INRIA
FRANCE Institut Jean Nicod
FRANCE Inst fr rech exploit mer
FRANCE U Lumiere Lyon 2
GERMANY Bielefeld U
GERMANY Humboldt U
GERMANY Inst Sci Net Oldenburg
GERMANY Potsdam U.
GERMANY U Bremen
GERMANY U Hamburg
*INDIA Nat Inst Tech Rourkela
NORWAY U Oslo
*PORTUGAL U Minho
SWEDEN Lund U
*SWITZERLAND U Zurich
UK CCLRC
UK U Southampton
**UK BBSRC
**UK ESRC
**UK MRC
*UK U Southampton ECS
**UK Wellcome Trust
USA Case Western
USA NIH
USA U Kansas

If your university or research institutions or research funding agency
has an Open Access Self-Archiving policy,
please register it in ROARMAP:
http://www.eprints.org/openaccess/policysignup/sign.php
and register your institutional repository (IR) in ROAR:
http://archives.eprints.org/?action=add

You can track the growth of the number and nature of OA policies in
ROARMAP and the growth in the number and size of IRs in ROAR.

Comment: thanks, Stevan. The progress on OA mandates is important, and remarkable indeed!

It would be wonderful to have the exact number of open access articles, to assess growth in OA via self-archiving. I'll be looking into the ROAR data for the next Dramatic Growth update. Comments and suggestions for the best indicator(s) of growth of OA articles are most welcome. The ideal would be a single indicator, whether it is total OA articles or best estimate - or, a very few indicators.

July 23, 2006

This post reflects my personal opinion only and does not represent the opinions or policy of the BC Electronic Library Network or the Simon Fraser University Library.

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