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….”

Open Science and Research Initiative

“The Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland promotes research information availability and open science through the Open Science and Research Initiative (ATT), which is set out for the years 2014-2017. The objective is for Finland to become one of the leading countries in openness of science and research by the year 2017 and to ensure that the possibilities of open science will be widely utilized in our society. In addition to this, the ambition is to promote the trustworthiness of science and research, support the culture of open science in the way of acting within the research community, and to increase the societal and social impressiveness of research and science.

The Open Science and Research Initiative is based on a broad-based cooperation between ministries, universities, research institutions and research funders such as the Academy of Finland and TEKES – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, Finnish Social Data Archive (FSD), National Library of Finland, Federation of Finnish Learned Societies, FinnOA-the Finnish Open Acsess Working Group, CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd. As an example of higher education institutions, the University of Helsinki plays a key role in Open Acess in Finland. In the government’s decision-in-principal on the state’s renewal of research institutions and research funding, it was decided on engaging in a deeper cooperation between universities and research institutions lasting for several years….”

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….”

David Wojick’s writings and stuff: Beall-based Indian turmoil?

“Synopsis: New data sheds light on Indian researcher’s use of low cost journals. The Indian Government’s attack on these journals, based on Beall’s list, could adversely affect the Indian university science community.

Three weeks ago we reported that an Indian agency was using a whitelist to ban the use of unlisted journals for the purpose of evaluating researcher performance. The Agency is the University Grants Commission (UGC), which apparently plays a major role in university based Indian science. I know little about this realm, but it seems to include setting the criteria for hiring and promotion, perhaps as well as granting PhD’s. 



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….”

Publishing research papers: Which policy will deliver best value for your university? : Jisc

“This paper outlines the key findings of a recent JISC-funded study – ‘Modelling scholarly communication options: costs and benefits for universities’ – which models the economic costs and benefits for UK universities of various Open Access approaches to publishing research literature. Open Access is the immediate, free-to-use access to peer-reviewed research literature. The study was limited to journal articles and peer-reviewed conference papers, though in practice, Open Access publication is extending to book chapters, monographs and research data….”

Open Access Policy Guidelines for Research Performing Organizations

“The present guidelines aim to assist in the development of efficient Open Access policies among Research Performing Organisations. They have been prepared by the National Documentation Centre and SPARC Europe as part of the work of the PASTEUR4OA project. They provide the context, the process and a model policy that will enable the institutions to devise and implement their own Open Access policy. The proposed policy draws heavily on the UNESCO Open Access policy development guidelines, the MedOANet guidelines for Open Access, PASTEUR4OA work on the efficiency of existing Open Access policies, and the RECODE project policy recommendations for Open Access policies to research data. The proposed policy aims at aligning institutional policies with the 2012 Recommendation of the European Commission and the Horizon 2020 requirements. It follows current good practices in institutional and funder policies, as they emerged from PASTEUR4OA research on policy efficiency, suggesting and obligatory and non-waivable deposit in repositories as the most successful way leading to the growth of Open Access to scientific information….”