New OA policy at Finland’s U. Tampere

The University of Tampere adopted a new OA policy on April 16, 2009. Stevan Harnad calls the policy a mandate, although the university’s English-language policy memo uses the term “request” (Google translates the Finnish as “calls on”). From the English memo:

On 17 November 2008 the Rector set up a work group to prepare for the parallel depositing of research publications, the aim being to improve the open access to research publications at the University of Tampere. Led by Vice-Rector Arja Ropo, the work group completed its proposal on 30 March 2009 and on 31 March 2009 submitted its proposal to the Rector. …

According to the proposal of the work group the Rector would

  • request researchers working at the University as of 1 January 2011 to deposit copies of their research articles accepted for publication in scientific journals in the institutional repository provided by the University of Tampere and
  • encourage researchers to deposit copies of their publications in the University’s repository before the Decision comes into force.

Research articles refers in this Decision to single articles to be published in scientific refereed journals, in the University’s own publication series, in conference publications or other compilations as covered by the KOTA [national research assessment] data collection obligation. The final publisher’s version of the article should be deposited in the repository or then the author’s last version of the article revised in response to referees’ comments. …

The University of Tampere hereby undertakes to provide researchers with the support services required for parallel depositing (see Annex 1 of the Decision). The University of Tampere will endeavour to improve publication information systems and to design the process of depositing in a researcher-centred manner. …

In addition to the research articles referred to in the Decision, other kinds of publications which may be stored in the open depository provided by the University of Tampere include popular articles, other published written texts, serial publications of University departments, teaching material and, if the publication agreements allow, also monographs.

People within the sphere of University of Tampere research not covered by the KOTA data collection obligation may also store their publications in the University repository. …

Update: Harnad is no longer calling the policy a mandate.