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October 13, 2006


Chaire de recherche du Canada en sciences cognitives Université du Québec à Montréal

"SSHRC has embraced OA in principle, but a big challenge going from principle to action"

Five out of the eight UK Research Councils (BBSRC, CCLRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC) seem to have managed it...

"Does SSHRC have a policy? No. There is more to this than just mandating OA."

Four out of the eight UK Research Councils (BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC) seem to have managed to mandate it, and Canada's CIHR seems to have managed to propose a mandate...

"Figure out how to support OA journals. Conducting experiments to figure out best approach."

Why is SSHRC fussing about supporting OA journals instead of mandating the self-archiving of SSHRC research output?

"look at University of California system"

Why not look instead at a system with a mandate, hence one that works, as voluntarism, demonstrably, does not?


What on earth for? Mandate that SSHRC fundees self-archive their SSHRC-funded research output in their own institutional IRs. SSHRC does not need a Central Repository (CR) of its own in the distributed, interoperable OAI age.

"Official Languages Act - websites must be in both languages how to handle research? 15,000 objects would have to be translated every year"

Such nonsense as to take your breath away: Can SSHRC not have a library? Are only bilingual or translated journals admissible? (Besides, SSHRC does not need a CR of its own: Just mandate self-archiving in the fundee's own institution's IR.)

"grant can't have post-award conditions, e.g. can't require article deposit"

Nonsense. If publishing the research in a peer-reviewed journal can be a grant fulfillment condition, so can self-archiving the article.

SSHRC is spinning its wheels, citing problems in principle while others are solving them in practice.

"SSHRC Open Access Consultation (Canada)" (Aug 2005)

Replies for SSHRC Consultation on Open Access (Nov 2005)

Canada's SSHRC lacks leader, hence leadership, on OA (May 2006)

Stevan Harnad

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