IEEE, has already gone
-- i.e., it is among the 78% of publishers (publishing 92% of the 8950 journals surveyed to date) who have already given each of their authors the green light to provide open access to their own
articles, if they wish, by self-archiving them in their own institutional OA archives. IEEE is now contemplating also going "Gold"
-- i.e., becoming one of the 5% of publishers that are open-access publishers
, making all of their articles open-access (and many of them recovering their costs by charging the author-institutions for publication by the article instead of charging the user-institutions for access by the journal or article). Going Gold is not without an element of risk, so IEEE are to be highly commended if they actually decide to try it, but let us not foget that, being already green, IEEE are already on the side of the angels! It is the authors (and their institutions and funders) -- i.e., the research community itself, the very ones for whom the benefits of open access are being sought
-- who are to blame for not yet going when the going is Green, by self-archiving their own
articles so as to make them open access. Relief may be on the way there too, however, in the form of a proposed new recommendation to the 55 major research institutions worldwide who have signed the
Berlin Declaration on Open Access"
that they should now implement an explicit Institutional Self-archiving Policy
of providing open access to their own research article output. (A summary will appear in the March issue of D-lib magazine
.) Two recent international surveys
have found that whereas most authors do not yet self-archive, 79% will do so willingly
, but only if and when they are required
to do so by their employers and/or funders.