Gilbert, Jonas; Kinger, Maria; Kullman, Lars
January 2011
IATUL Annual Conference Proceedings;2011, Vol. 21, p1
Conference Proceeding
In January 2010 Chalmers University of Technology (Göteborg, Sweden) adopted an Open Access Policy, mandating 'Green' Open Access as the general rule for disseminating free access to Chalmers research. The policy was formally enforced as a University President's Decision and the core sentences of the policy were: "All research published by Chalmers' researchers must be made available in an open archive, normally within six months of publication although no later than 12 months. This means that researchers at Chalmers must submit a full-text copy of all their publications in electronic form to the Chalmers Publication Library (CPL)." The Library at Chalmers was given the responsibility to provide the services needed to implement the policy. Not all resources required were in place from the start, and as a first step the Library Director was given a mission to assess the resources needed and make a primary analysis and a plan for implementation. The Library at Chalmers had already long been active in advocating the policy and to the idea of Open Access publishing, but now we had to go from theory to practice. One of theoutcomes of the primary analysis was the formation of a new unit at the Library a Department for 'Publication Services and Bibliometrics'. This paper describes our first year with the Open Access policy and addresses the many issues the Library and the new department has had to manage as we move into our new role as a key disseminator of theuniversity's research outcome. The paper also discussessome future directions, what are realistic expectations and how long time it will take to establish an "open access culture" among Chalmers researchers.


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