Not sure about Europe, but in Australia, many universities have been
supporting open access for years with institutional policies etc. Here is
mandatory policy at QUT (where I work):


which has been in place for a number of years. At QUT, our meta-data in
eprints is very comprehensive (almost complete) for recent publications as
our librarians track them down. However, getting the paper itself from the
academics can be a bit more of a challenge, but the higher citation rates
for papers which are readily available on-line is used to motivate the
academics and we are seeing rising levels of compliance. 







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Date: Nov 25, 2012 5:09 AM
Subject: [OKFN-AU] Australian Government told to make open access research
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On Friday, Bernard Rentier, Rector, University of Liege, Belgium, told a
meeting of senior academics and government officials how open access to
research publications can become a routine part of government funded

Professor Rentier was speaking at the Australian National University in
Canberra on "Open Access to Scholarly Publications: A European Perspective",
as part of a visiting Belgium delegation. He pointed out that open access
was opposed by most publishers as it conflicted with their business model,
whereas it fitted the university's business model. Within universities the
researchers who create publications do not pay for them, the library does.

Professor Rentier suggested the Liege Model could be adopted more widely.
The university started creating a repository and a policy requiring authors
to deposit their publications with it. He pointed out that it is difficult
to get academics to comply with such a policy, but it was possible. One way
is to incorporate this in the requirements for research grants: the
researcher is required to agree to deposit their publication in the
repository or they do not get a grant.


Tom Worthington FACS CP, TomW Communications Pty Ltd. t: 0419496150
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Adjunct Lecturer, Research School of Computer Science,
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