IBB PAS first in Poland to adopt institutional OA mandate

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One of my host institutions, Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics Polish Academy of Sciences (note that the webpage is slightly outdated – we are about to launch a new, more interactive site soon) is about to adopt an institutional Open Access mandate. While we have a number of open repositories, this is the very first institutional mandate in Poland. Similarly to other places in the world, also in this case Institute’s scientific board voted unanimously.

I was actually writing the exact wording of the mandate and I chose Immediate Deposit/Optional Access version based on excellent rationale written by Stevan Haynard. In short it puts a requirement on authors to deposit final reviewed version of their manuscripts in the institutional repository immediately upon acceptance for publication. If a publisher has an embargo on self-archiving, repository software allows to request the manuscript directly from the author. If not, the file will be immediately available for viewing and download. Metadata of course will be freely available already at the moment of deposition.

UPDATE: the repository is available at http://eprints.ibb.waw.pl – there’s not much there yet, but over the next few months we’ll start to fill it up with manuscripts.