The University’s publishing policy can be found here. It is from 2007 and a lot has happened since then. Research funders have started to pay attention to the Open Access movement and they have started to require Open Access publishing in return for funds and studies show that researchers who publish Open Access receive more citations etc.
At the moment the University’s publishing policy is being revised. The purpose of revising is, among other things, to make University’s position in relation to Open Access clearer. Today the policy states that all employees should register their publications in BADA and researchers are encouraged to publish in full text in BADA. The policy also states that employees are encouraged to publish in journals considered well-renowned journals by The Swedish Research Council and in journals that strengthen the cooperation between the academia and the professions.
How do these two demands, renowned journals and Open Access go together? The answer is self-archiving. If you cannot find a journal which is both Open Access and renowned, choose the renowned journal but deposit your last version of the article in BADA. To find Open Access journals visit DOAJ.
Earlier in October a report called Open Access vid svenska lärosäten came out. According to the report most universities and colleges are working for Open Access. The report also states that, e.g. Chalmers demands that ALL research publications are made freely available within six months or, if granted exception, 12 months after publication. They also have a clear recommendation not to transfer copyright to the publisher or at least to make sure that the author retains the right to self-archive. In comparison, our publishing policy is much weaker. So far, we only recommend Open Access publishing and we do not have a decision on mandatory full text publishing like Högskolan i Jönköping, Karolinska Institutet, KTH och SLU (all policies are in Swedish), not even when it comes to dissertations written by researchers employed by the University. These are some topics discussed while revising University of Borås’ publishing policy.