Obama’s top science adviser’s guide to navigating the Trump era – Vox

“If there’s a subtext to this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the largest gathering of scientists of the year, it’s anxiety for the future. John Holdren, the top science adviser to President Barack Obama who spoke Friday at the conference, summed it up like this: “I’m worried — based on early indications — that we can be in for a major shift in the culture around science and technology and its eminence in government. We appear to have a president now that resists facts that do not comport to his preferences. And that bodes ill on the Obama Administration’s emphases on scientific integrity, transparency, and public access.” …”

Campus open-access policy “Choice Points”

“The basic policy framework recommended in this document highlights the institution’s ability to play a central role in the stewardship of the scholarly record generated by its faculty. The framework is straightforward; campus OA policies require authors to make manuscripts available for deposit in an institution’s repository at the time they are accepted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Authors automatically grant the institution the right to make their manuscripts openly accessible. At the same time, authors may request a waiver, or “opt out,” of the institutional license for a given article if needed to accommodate a pressing individual circumstance….”

AAAS and Gates Foundation Partnership Announcement | Science | AAAS

“The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have formed a partnership to advance scientific communication and open access publishing. The partnership will also ensure open access to research funded by the Gates Foundation and published in the Science family of journals….As a result of this partnership, AAAS will allow authors funded by the Gates Foundation to publish their research under a Creative Commons Attribution license (CC BY) in Science, Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, Science Advances, Science Immunology or Science Robotics. This means that the final published version of any article from a Foundation-funded author submitted to one of the AAAS journals after January 1, 2017 will be immediately available to read, download and reuse….”

Consultation on the second Research Excellence Framework

“This document sets out the proposals of the four UK higher education funding bodies for the second Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the assessment of research in UK higher education institutions. The proposals seek to build on the first REF conducted in 2014, and to incorporate the principles identified in Lord Stern’s Independent Review of the REF….”

For open access, see especially paragraphs 55, 68, 69, 116, 117, and all of Annex C (on OA monographs).

2016/36 – Higher Education Funding Council for England

“This document sets out the proposals of the four UK higher education funding bodies for the second Research Excellence Framework (REF) for the assessment of research in UK higher education institutions. The proposals seek to build on the first REF conducted in 2014, and to incorporate the principles identified in Lord Stern’s Independent Review of the REF….”

Open Access | University of Iceland

“The University of Iceland has established a policy on open access and encourages staff to publish articles in open access outlets, such as open access journals, digital repositories, etc. The policy applies to publications in peer-reviewed journals but not to books or book chapters.

The UI Open Access Policy was approved by the University Council on 6 February 2014 and entered into force on 1 September 2015….”


The open-access policy of the Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA). Undated but apparentlyput online in January 2017. 

 “The SISSA author is obliged to start the archiving procedure in the SISSA Digital Library when informed of the publication of his/her work by a periodical or other publisher or of its acceptance by the publisher.

The author shall directly archive the editorial version in the institutional repository or, if the editorial version cannot be made public, the author shall archive, under his/her own responsibility, the “final revised digital version” or the “post-print” of the work, complete with all the basic metadata and those linked to the context.

The author shall archive the work in the institutional repository compatibly with the rights ceded to the publisher.

On the product’s filing in the SISSA Digital Library, the author shall enter the essential information of the agreement with the publisher and/or a copy of the contract entered into or any other document that contains or refers to the contractual conditions exercised by the publisher (“transfer agreement”).

The work itself shall remain in closed access until such time as the authorisation and release for the Work’spublication in open access by the SISSA author is acquired by the SISSA.

The SISSA shall endeavour to render all products archived in the SISSA Digital Library in open access format,

consistent with the provisions of copyright law, contracts entered into with publishers and funding bodies,

and the directives of the European Community.”

University of Western Cape Open Access Policy

The (undated) OA policy at the University of Western Cape, combining rights retention with the work-for-hire doctrine.

“WC’s intention is to strive to balance the rights and responsibilities of its researchers towards the creation of new knowledge with the desire to share and disseminate this knowledge as widely as possible in the interests of the public good. In alignment with the provisions of The Intellectual Property from Publically Financed Research Act (Act no. 51 of 2008), UWC’s Research Policy (2010) clarifies its rights as a public university with regard to intellectual property, stating that copyright for all work created by its staff and students in the course of their employment at UWC or while undertaking their studies, is assigned to UWC. While UWC readily assigns authors the right to publish scholarly work, such assignment is subject to a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive licence in favour of UWC to allow the use of that work for teaching and research, and to reproduce and communicate that work online for noncommercial purposes via UWC’s open access Research Repository. Where the exercise of these rights by the University is seen to depart from the stipulations of academic publishers’ copyright transfer agreements, UWC will on written request of the publishers postpone the open display of author versions of published articles for a period of twelve months. The UWC Addendum to Publication Agreement (See Annexure 1), that gives effect to this commitment on the part of the university, must be completed by all first author researchers upon acceptance of their article for publication and serves as the written notice of agreement by the publisher….”