Re: Berlin-3 Open Access Conference, Southampton, Feb 28 - Mar 1 2005

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Sun, 13 Feb 2005 03:43:57 +0000 (GMT)

On Fri, 11 Feb 2005, Sally Morris (ALPSP) wrote:

> Institutional policies may be one step closer to Stevan's desired goal,
> but they are still not 'implementation' - that's when people actually do
> it!

    "69% of NOA authors [authors who have not yet made their work Open
    Access] would willingly deposit their articles in an open repository
    if required to do so (by their employer or funder): a further 8% would
    do so but not willingly, and only 3% would not be prepared to do so."

    Swan, A. & Brown, S. (2004) Authors and open access publishing.
    Learned Publishing 17: 219-224

A more recent author survey by Swan & Brown, likewise international,
finds that the percentage of authors who report they would self-archive
willingly if it were mandated by their employer or funder has since
risen from 69% to 79%.

The finding has been corroborated by C. Hajjem in Quebec, who found that
whereas only a minority of authors currently self-archive, 75% say that
an official institutional self-archiving policy is needed.

A recent survey in South Africa likewise recommends a National Information Policy
    "require that scholars make their research available via an Open
    Access mode of scholarly communication."

    De Beer, J. (2005) Open Access scholarly communication in South
    Africa : a role for National Information Policy in the National
    System of Innovation. Master's Thesis in Information Science at
    Stellenbosch University

In other words, the natural extension of "Publish or Perish" in the Online
Age is: "...and Self-Archive to Flourish."

Stevan Harnad
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