Re: Promoting Institutional Self-Archiving

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 22:48:03 +0100

On Mon, 18 Jul 2005, Minh Ha Duong wrote:

> I want to sell to the higher-ups at my national research institution
> the idea of an open evangelization mission to promote open archiving. I
> think that just saying "now everybody on the payroll SHOULD archive"
> is likely not to be efficient. We are especially interested in the
> department of Social Sciences and Humanities, which comprises a few
> hundred lab or research teams.

Do not under-estimate the potential impact of a mandate:

    "[This] international, cross-disciplinary [author] study on open
    access had 1296 respondents:.. The vast majority of authors (81%)
    would willingly comply with a mandate from their employer or research
    funder to deposit copies of their articles in an institutional or
    subject-based repository. A further 13% would comply reluctantly;
    5% would not comply with such a mandate."

    Swan, A. (2005) Open access self-archiving: An Introduction. JISC
    Technical Report.
But it would also help to show researcher *why* they should self-archive
(to maximise research usage and impact):

See especially the findings in Social Sciences (Sociology,

> What do you think? Do you know of any instances of such institutional
> effort to promote OA? How did they go about it, and with what results?

How institutions *promote* OA self-archiving, I don't know.
Postings from those institutions that do, to let us know how they
are promoting it, would be most welcome.

The OSI Eprints Handbook as well
as the Self-Archiving FAQ suggest ways.

But it is the mandate itself that is the most effective way of generating
self-archiving, as can be seen by comparing archive growth and size for
those institutions that have no institutional self-archiving policy
(1), a policy of recommending but not requiring self-archiving (2),
and a policy of requiring self-archiving (3):

The only two institutions in the world so far that have a policy of
requiring self-archiving (3) -- Southampton ECS and CERN in Switzerland
-- have achieved a >90% self-archiving rate for current research output,
exactly as the above JISC Survey findings indicated. The archives of
institutions with only recommended self-archiving (2) are filling less,
and less quickly; those of institutions with no self-archiving policy
at all even less so.

For (2) and (3) see:
For (1) see:

Stevan Harnad

> Thanks for your attention,
> Minh
> Minh Ha Duong, Chargé de recherches au CIRED, CNRS
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