The latest monthly newsletter from OpenAIRE highlights the publication of a recent report initiated by PASTEUR4OA which builds on the recent enhancement and re-launch of ROARMAP (the Registry of Open Access Repositories Mandatory Archiving Policies). The enhancement has led to both an increase in the number of policies included in ROARMAP and enabled more extensive search functionality. Following this, the report’s authors have analysed the effectiveness of Open Access (OA) policies across Europe.
The report (part of the deliverables for the Open Access Policy Alignment STrategies for European Union Research project) concludes that there are not yet enough OA policies to test whether other policy conditions would further contribute to the effectiveness of mandates. However, these current findings indicate that it would be useful for future mandates to adopt these conditions in order to maximise the growth of OA. In addition, the analysis identifies a list of criteria around which policies should align:
- Must deposit (i.e. deposit is mandatory)
- Deposit cannot be waived
- Link deposit with research evaluation