Germany’s 1st Open Access Mandate, Planet’s 54th: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Those who said Green OA Self-Archiving could not be mandated in Germany please take notice. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has been the first to do the “impossible” (from ROARMAP, via Informationsplattform Open Access and Peter Suber’s Open Access News):

Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (GERMANY* institutional-mandate)

Institution’s/Department’s OA Eprint Archives

Institution’s/Department’s OA Self-Archiving Policy

The policy follows the Berlin Declaration definition of OA.

FG “makes every effort” to provide OA to the full-text articles by its employees.

When FG employees publish in TA journals, copies “shall” be deposited in the FG repository, Fraunhofer ePrints. If the publisher insists, FG will respect an embargo of up to one year.

When FG employees publish articles, they are “expressly required to demand” the “right to further use of their own works.”

FG “wholeheartedly supports” publishing in peer-reviewed OA journals.

FG managers are “urged to take a proactive stance” to help FG researchers make use of green and gold OA.

FG “is committed to providing the necessary financial, organization and non-material support” to implement its policy.