Open Access (19) Subscription journals and open access repositories

1 August, 2019

Dear HIFA colleagues,

I was interested to read in the background document to this discussion:

'Piwowar et al. (1) state that most green OA articles do not meet the BOAI definition as they are free-access only and do not extend re-use rights.'

CITATION: Piwowar H, Priem J, Larivière V, Alperin J, Matthias L, Norlander B et al. The state of OA: a large-scale analysis of the prevalence and impact of Open Access articles. PeerJ. 2018;6:e4375

Wikipedia defines 'green access' as: 'Green OA (or repository based OA). is when after peer review by a journal, authors an author posts the final author accepted manuscript (“AAM” or “postprint” without copyediting or journal branding usually to an institutional repository or to a central open access repository such as PubMed Central.'

The Piwowar article says "Such [self-archiving] repositories could be a University's repository or else a central repository (e.g. PubMed Central) or an open access website".

The implication of the above is that some archives are OA and some are not? Perhaps the important point here is that (according to Sherpa/Romeo) publisher permissions *do not specify* OA vs non-OA archiving. Therefore, where archiving is allowed, the author has a choice (which in turn implies that it makes little sense for an author to self-archive in a non-OA archive).

I would be grateful for anyone who can help clarify this confusing area.

I woudl also be very interested to know what % of authors are (a) aware of the possibility they can self-archive an open-access version of their subscription-journal article, and (b) what % of authors actually make their article available in this way.

Best wishes, Neil

Coordinator, HIFA Project on Access to Health Research

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