Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Science Foundation Ireland's Open Access mandate is now effective

ScienceFoundation Ireland's Open Access mandate is now effective (from February 1st2009).

Science Foundation Ireland is Ireland's largest funding council.

The policy is clearly outlined on the SFI website under 'Grant policies':http://www.sfi.ie/content/content.asp?section_id=471&language_id=1#oa

The full text of the policy is available here:
http://www.sfi.ie/uploads/documents/upload/SFI_OA_policy_2009_v3.pdf
It covers peer-reviewed papers, conference papers, reports, monographs anddatasets and generally follows the EURAB recomendations.

Now all Irish funding councils but one have open access policies: the HigherEducation Authority (HEA), the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineeringand Technology (IRCSET), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the HealthResearch Board (HRB) - the latter has OA recommendation which are expected tobecome mandatory later this year). All of the others have Open Access mandatesin line with the EURAB recommendations.

Apparently discussions are underway inthe only Irish research funding council without an OA policy, the IrishResearch Council for Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS).

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