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Optimizing Open Access policy

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This overview of the current status of Open Access (OA) to peer-reviewed research describes the steps that need to be taken to achieve universal OA. OA policy initiatives by universities and funding agencies as well as adaptations by publishers have resulted in some progress toward universal OA, but a significant portion of research remains inaccessible to its would-be users because of subscription barriers. Institutions are forced to support both journal subscriptions and Gold OA author publication fees. This is not affordable or sustainable. More and stronger OA mandates will accelerate the provision of universal Green OA and an eventual transition to affordable, sustainable Gold OA, in which author fees replace institutional subscription fees to cover the remaining essential costs of journal publication. To accelerate progress, more institutions and funders need to adopt more effective OA mandates: All universities and funders should require (1) institutional deposit (2) immediately upon acceptance for publication; urge (but not require) (3) immediate OA and (4) rights-retention; (5) minimize allowable embargo length, (6) implement the copy-request Button; (7) provide rich usage and citation metrics and (8) designate repository deposit of publications as the locus for institutional performance review as well as funding applications and renewals.

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Harnad, Stevan (2015) Optimizing Open Access policy The Serials Librarian: From the Printed Page to the Digital Age, pp. 1-9. (doi:10.1080/0361526X.2015.1076368).

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 September 2015
Keywords: open access, institutional repository, open access mandates, open access policy, research evaluation, research impact
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 381526
ISSN: 0361-526X
PURE UUID: d7d4e870-3e1c-42ce-8f0a-2c95c76d022a

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Date deposited: 12 Sep 2015 16:16
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 20:26

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Author: Stevan Harnad

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