Another university has committed some of its (scarce) resources to subsidizing costly Gold OA publishing of some of its refereed research output without first mandating cost-free Green OA self-archiving of all of its refereed research output.
University of Michigan is the 9th university to commit to COPE. Only two (Harvard and MIT) of the nine COPE signatories to date are among the 170 institutions, departments and funders that have already mandated Green OA self-archiving for all of their refereed research output. The other seven COPE signatories should first emulate Harvard and MIT on providing Green, before provisioning Gold.
For the record: An institution or funder committing to COPE (or SCOAP3 or pre-emptive Gold OA “Membership” deals) is fine after the institution or funder has already mandated Green OA self-archiving of all of its refereed research output; but it is both wasteful and counterproductive before (or instead):
Pre-Emptive Gold Fever Strikes Again… 23 Apr 2009
Conflicts of Interest in Open Access… 1 May 2009
Physics World: The CERN Gold OA Initiative 8 Mar 2007
Gold and Green Keynotes at IATUL 2007 11 Jun 2007
Cliff Lynch on Open Access 12 Jan 2007
Clarifying the Logic of Open Choice: I (of 2) 23 Mar 2007
OA Primer for the Perplexed: I 25 May 2008