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[BOAI] Re: The Open Access Interviews: Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Policy at the National Natural Science Foundation of China

From: "Harnad, Stevan" <harnad.stevan AT>
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:51:34 -0400

Threading: [BOAI] The Open Access Interviews: Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Policy at the National Natural Science Foundation of China from richard.poynder AT
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Here is an important (and very welcome) correction from Eloy Rodrigues:

On Jun 19, 2014, at 7:47 AM, Eloy Rodrigues <eloy—sdum—uminho--pt> wrote:

> Hi Stevan,
> The CAS mandate is for immediate deposit:
> CAS requires its researchers and graduate students to 
> deposit an  electronic version of the final, peer-reviewed manuscripts of 
their research  articles,
> resulted from any public funded scientific research projects,  
> submitted and consequently published in academic journals
> after the issuing  of this policy, into the open access repositories
> of their respective institutes at  the time the article is published,
> to be made publicly available within 12 months of the official data of 
> And CAS already has a network of IRs. Xiaolin Zhang the CAS Library 
Director has been a very active OA and IR advocate.
> Best,
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> De: Stevan Harnad
> Enviada: quinta-feira, 19 de Junho de 2014 12:00
> Para: Global Open Access List (Successor of AmSci)
> Assunto: [GOAL] Re: The Open Access Interviews: Deputy Director General of 
the Bureau of Policy at the National Natural Science Foundation of China
> The two Chinese OA Mandates (NSFC and CAS) came fast (2014), but the 
possibility of complying with them is coming slowly (no repository till 2016).
> In addition, articles need not be deposited until 12 months after 
> In most fields, especially the fast-moving sciences, the benefits of Open 
Access (maximised uptake, usage, impact and progress) are biggest and most 
important within the first year of publication. That is the growth tip of 
research. Access losses in the first year are never fully caught up in later 
years. The iron needs to be struck when it is hot.
> There are two very simple steps that China can take to minimise the 
needless loss of research uptake, usage and impact because of lost time:
> (1) China should set up the repositories immediately, using the available 
free softwares such as EPrints and DSpace. It requires only a server and a few 
hours worth of set-up time and the repository is ready for deposits. There is 
no reason whatsoever to wait two years. It would also be sensible to have 
distributed local repositories — at universities and research institutions — 
rather than just one central one. Each institution can easily set up its own 
repository. All repositories are interoperable and if and when desired, their 
contents can be automatically exported to or harvested by central repositories.
> (2) Although an OA embargo of 12 months is allowed, China should mandate 
that deposit itself must be immediate(immediately upon acceptance for 
publication). Access to the deposit can be set as closed access instead of OA 
during the embargo if desired, but EPrints and DSpace repositories have the 
“Request-Copy” Button for closed-access deposits so that individual users can 
request and authors can provide an individual copy for research purposes with 
one click each. The repository automatically emails the copy if the author 
clicks Yes.
> Stevan Harnad
> On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 5:04 AM, Richard Poynder <richard.poynder AT> wrote:
> On May 15 both the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the National 
Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) announced new open access policies.
> Both funders’ policies require that all papers resulting from funded 
projects must be deposited in online repositories and made publicly accessible 
within 12 months of publication — a model pioneered by the US National 
Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2008, when it introduced its influential Public 
Access Policy.
> As a result of the new Chinese policies there will be a significant 
increase in the number of research papers freely available, not least because 
it comes at a time when the number of papers published by Chinese researchers 
is growing rapidly. In reporting news of the policies, Nature indicated that 
Chinese research output has grown from 48,000 articles in 2003, or 5.6% of the 
global total, to more than 186,000 articles in 2012, or 13.9%.
> Of the latter figure, more than 100,000 papers, or 55.2% of Chinese ouput, 
involved some funding from the NSFC.
> A Q&A conducted by email with Prof. Yonghe Zheng, Deputy Director 
General of the Bureau of Policy, NSFC can be viewed here:

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