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Maximizing and Measuring Research Impact Through University and Research-Funder Open-Access Self-Archiving Mandates

Harnad, Stevan, Carr, Les, Swan, Alma, Sale, Arthur and Bosc, Helene (2009) Maximizing and Measuring Research Impact Through University and Research-Funder Open-Access Self-Archiving Mandates Wissenschaftsmanagement, 15, (4), pp. 36-41.

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No research institution can afford all the journals its researcers may need, so all articles are losing research impact (usage and citations). Articles that are made “Open Access,” (OA) by self-archiving them on the web are cited twice as much, but only about 15% of articles are being spontaneously self-archived. The only institutions approaching 100% self-archiving are those that mandate it. Surveys show that 95% of authors will comply with a self-archiving mandate; the actual experience of institutions with mandates has confirmed this. What institutions and funders need to mandate is that (1) immediately upon acceptance for publica-tion (2) the author’s final draft must be (3) deposited into the Institutional Repository (IR). Only the depositing needs to be mandated; setting access privi-leges to the full-text as either OA or CA (Closed Access) can be left up to the author. For articles published in the 62% of journals that have already endorsed self-archiving, access can be set as OA immediately; for the embargoed 38%, all would-be users can have almost-immediate almost-OA to the deposited CA document by using the IR’s semi-automatised “email eprint request” button.

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Published date: July 2009
Keywords: open access, institutional repositories, citation impact, scientometrics, research impact, research policy
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 266616
PURE UUID: 0f366f66-3e2b-4cb8-b2b6-8679bed6c120
ORCID for Les Carr: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 02 Sep 2008 17:40
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 07:14

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Author: Stevan Harnad
Author: Les Carr ORCID iD
Author: Alma Swan
Author: Arthur Sale
Author: Helene Bosc

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