On 2013-05-02, at 4:28 AM, Fotis Georgatos <fotis@mail.cern.ch> wrote:

On May 2, 2013, at 9:17 AM, Andras Holl wrote:
Regardless however right you are, Elsevier's play with words succesfully confuses
a large number of authors, who do not deposit because of this.

It is the role of research institutes and university boards to step
forward and make an emphatic statement about the status quo and,
how their subordinates/affiliates are expected to behave. Taxpayers
do not have an excuse of confusion when they make their contributions
so, that puts some responsibility on the individual authors, too.

btw. -sorry if the question has been asked again over here-
is there an open ranking list of universities worldwide
as regards the clarity of their messaging in relation to Open Access?

Dear Fotis,

We have done a study testing the correlation (positive and significant)
between the strength of the institutional Green OA mandates in
ROARMAP and the number of deposits in the repository.

An earlier preprint is below. An updated version will be posted
shortly. Details available from Dr. Yassine Gargouri:

The Liege mandate, the strongest, has a deposit rate of over 80%.
The Liege model -- immediate-deposit (ID/OA) designated the
mechanism for submitting publications for performance review --
is now being adopted more and more, with UK's HEFCE/REF
proposing it also for funder mandates.

Best wishes,


Testing the Finch Hypothesis on Green OA Mandate Ineffectiveness

Yassine Gargouri, Vincent Lariviere, Yves Gingras, Tim Brody, Les Carr, Stevan Harnad

(Submitted on 30 Oct 2012 (v1), last revised 2 Nov 2012 (this version, v2))

We have now tested the Finch Committee's Hypothesis that Green Open Access Mandates 
are ineffective in generating deposits in institutional repositories. With data from ROARMAP 
on institutional Green OA mandates and data from ROAR on institutional repositories, we
 show that deposit number and rate is significantly correlated with mandate strength 
(classified as 1-12): The stronger the mandate, the more the deposits. The strongest mandates 
generate deposit rates of 70%+ within 2 years of adoption, compared to the un-mandated 
deposit rate of 20%. The effect is already detectable at the national level, where the UK, 
which has the largest proportion of Green OA mandates, has a national OA rate of 35%, 
compared to the global baseline of 25%. The conclusion is that, contrary to the Finch 
Hypothesis, Green Open Access Mandates do have a major effect, and the stronger 
the mandate, the stronger the effect (the Liege ID/OA mandate, linked to research 
performance evaluation, being the strongest mandate model). RCUK (as well as 
all universities, research institutions and research funders worldwide) would be 
well advised to adopt the strongest Green OA mandates and to integrate institutional 
and funder mandates.