Coping With Scarcity: Mandate Green OA Before Subsidizing Gold OA

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):

Against Squandering Scarce Research Funds on Pre-Emptive Gold OA… 15 May 2009  

Pre-Emptive Gold Fever Strikes Again… 23 Apr 2009  

On Throwing Money At Gold OA Without First Mandating Green OA 28 Mar 2009

University of California: Throwing Money At Gold OA Without 8 Mar 2009  

Conflicts of Interest in Open Access… 1 May 2009  

Green OA is no threat to grants: Pre-emptive Gold OA, today, might 24 Jan 2007

More OA Somnambulism: Conflating the Journal Affordability and… 5 Mar 2009  

SCOAP3 and the pre-emptive “flip” model for Gold OA conversion 23 Jun 2008

Harvard’s Stuart Shieber on Open Access at CalTech and Berkeley… 17 Apr 2009

Publisher anti-OA Lobby Triumphs in European Commission… 13 Jul 2007

Physics World: The CERN Gold OA Initiative 8 Mar 2007  

On “Open Access” Publishers Who Oppose Open Access Self-Archiving 3 Mar 2007  

Gold and Green Keynotes at IATUL 2007 11 Jun 2007  

Cliff Lynch on Open Access 12 Jan 2007 

Journal Affordability, Research Accessibility, and Open Access 14 Jun 2008  

Clarifying the Logic of Open Choice: I (of 2) 23 Mar 2007  

OA Primer for the Perplexed: I 25 May 2008  

Critique of EPS/RIN/RCUK/DTI “Evidence-Based Analysis of Data…” 8 Oct 2006