[Open-access] Submission to MHRD and Min. of Science & Tech. on Open Access Policy

Dominique Babini dasbabini at gmail.com
Thu Jul 3 14:05:16 UTC 2014

Dear Sridhar,

Congratulations to Open Access advocates in India for this initiative
motivating researchers and information specialists from India to share
their thoughts and messages with the Ministers responsible.  I follow with
great interest Dr.Subbiah Arunachalam and also the Facebook group "Open
Access India <https://www.facebook.com/groups/oaindia/>"

I hope you will manage in India, as we did in Argentina
to "mandate" Open Access, and not simply "recommend" it, so as to ensure
that research undertaken with public funds, or in institutions with public
support, will be available in Open Access.

And let´s hope you can establish that immediate Open Access is required to
medatata with an "OA button" (to request a copy of the paper to the author)
, even if the availability of the full-text in Open Access waits until the
end of the embargo period established by publishers.   As so well expressed
by Stevan Harnad in his interview with Richard Poynder

*“To maximize the access, uptake, usage, progress, productivity,
applications and impact of your publicly funded research output, mandate
(require) that the refereed, revised, accepted final draft of all articles
must be deposited in the author’s institutional repository immediately upon
acceptance for publication as a condition for research evaluation and
funding. If you allow an embargo on making the deposit OA (freely
accessible to all online), implement the automated almost-OA Button (and
don’t let the embargo exceed 6-12 months at most). This is called “Gratis
Green OA.” Do not pay for Gold OA journal publication fees (“Fool’s Gold”)
until global Green OA has made subscriptions unsustainable; then you can
pay for Fair-Gold out of your subscription cancellation savings. Fair-Gold
will also be Libre OA (with re-use rights such as data-mining, re-mixing
and re-publishing). **Ignore publishers’ lobbying to the effect that Green
OA will destroy peer-reviewed journal publishing: it will re-vitalize it
and save the research community a lot of money while maximizing the access,
uptake, usage, progress, productivity, applications and impact of their
research”.(*Stevan Harnad, 2014

All the best for your OA national legislation advocacy,


Dra. Dominique Babini
* Latin America Council of Social Sciences-CLACSO/Open Access Area
* University of Buenos Aires-IIGG/Open access scholarly communications

* Argentina National Digital Repositories System Experts Committee
* UNESCO-GOAP Global Open Access Portal/Latin America Contributor
* International Social Science Council-ISSC/ Editor Open Access Web


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2014-07-01 3:45 GMT-03:00 Sridhar Gutam <gutam2000 at gmail.com>:

> Dear All,
> Now the time has come to start and campaign and also to submit to MHRD and
> Min. of S&T on National Open Access Policy.
> Please share your thoughts and messages with the Ministers responsible
> (i.e. Hon'ble PM Mr. Narendra Modi (@narendramodi
> https://www.facebook.com/narendramodi and Hon'ble Minister HRD Ms. Smriti
> Z. Irani @smritiirani https://www.facebook.com/Smriti.Irani.Official).
> Thanks & Regards
>  Sridhar
> On behalf of Open Access India
> Sridhar Gutam
> (https://www.facebook.com/oaindia;
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/oaindia/;
> http://oaindia2013.wordpress.com/)
> Resources:-
> http://sparceurope.org/ireland-has-announced-a-national-open-access-policy/
> http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/media/migration/research/NationalPrinciplesOpenAccessPolicyStatement.pdf
> http://www.dst.gov.in/NDSAP.pdf
> http://ec.europa.eu/research/science-society/document_library/pdf_06/open-access-report-2011_en.pdf
> http://blogs.nature.com/news/2013/02/us-white-house-announces-open-access-policy.html
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