Sunday, June 14, 2009

Gold OA Funds

I am trying to establish how many research institutions and funders have created Gold Open Access (Gold OA) authors funds, and would be grateful for input from others.

I am aware that the Wellcome Trust announced a scheme for paying OA publication fees for its grantees in 2006. But what other funders have introduced such schemes?

So far as research institutions are concerned, Peter Suber kindly provided me with the following list of those he knows have created Gold OA funds:

University of Amsterdam
University of Calgary
University of California, Berkeley
Delft University of Technology
ETH Zurich
Griffith University
University of Helsinki
Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands)
Lund University
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of Nottingham
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Texas A&M University
Tilburg University
Wageningen University and Research Center
University of Wisconsin

However, I do not think this list is complete. I understand, for instance, that the University of Oregon has also created a Gold OA fund.

There are also some universities currently considering creating Gold funds including, I am told, both Cornell University and University College London (UCL).

In the light of current discussion on AmSci, it might also be useful to know how many research institutions have both set up a Gold OA fund and introduced a Green self-archiving mandate.

After reviewing the list above Stevan Harnad suggested that only two (ETH Zurich and the University of Helsinki) of the 85 research institutions that have introduced a Green OA mandate have also created Gold funds, although if we add the University of Oregon the figure would be three; and if UCL created a fund it would be four.

We should also note that in addition to paying Gold OA fees for its grantees the Wellcome Trust has a Green mandate.

But are there any other research institutions or funders with Gold OA funds that are not listed above? Might an equivalent to ROARMAP (which tracks Green mandates) be a useful way of tracking the introduction of Gold funds?


Stevan Harnad said...


Richard, actually, what I said was:

"... of the 17 institutions with Gold subsidies Peter lists above, only 2 (ETH Zurich and U. Helsinki) are among the 85 with Green OA (postprint) mandates. (Griffith U has a thesis mandate; and you could possibly include the Calgary Library Faculty "mandate" in a stretch....)"

That refers to how many of those institutions on Peter's Gold subsidy list were also on the (ROARMAP) Green mandate list.

How many on the Green mandate list also have Gold subsidies is another question, and it would be helpful if someone who has the time and interest would check the policies of each of the 85 institutional, departmental and funder mandates in ROARMAP.

(The non-mandates in ROARMAP are not relevant, except to increase the Gold-subsidy-only list. And although Thesis mandates are recorded in ROARMAP now too, it would probably be better to treat them separately for this calculation.)


Richard Poynder said...

Stevan, you are right. I misstated that. Sorry for the confusion.

JQ Johnson said...

The University of Oregon does indeed have a gold OA pilot project as well as two green OA departmental mandates.

Richard Poynder said...

Good news!

Peter Suber has started a list of Gold OA funds on the Open Access Directory:

Sarah Jeong said...

Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University has also established an Open Access fund: