Dear Colleagues, Stevan Harnad's posting today about RoMEO and OpenDOAR seems to have a number of confusions. Regarding the OpenDOAR Policy Tools: > Users > will not be consulting OpenDOAR in order to find out what > they may *not* > do with their content. Let them find that out from the IRs > themselves, > when they actually search and use. That is correct. I think Stevan Harnad has misunderstood the purpose and the use of the OpenDOAR Policy Tools. These are to create policies for the IRs themselves to house on their sites, for harvesting by service providers and other interested parties that need formal permissions. End-users are not expected to consult OpenDOAR, but to simply use the service providers to access the contents of the repositories. > Restrictions are bad enough, but helping to > advertise and > propagate them is not something a service that is meant to encourage > OA ought to be doing. This is a significant issue and a criticism that Stevan Harnad makes of both OpenDOAR and RoMEO. Do we report restrictions? Yes we do - and yes, we should. If a publisher puts a condition in place, we will try and faithfully report it. This certainly does not mean that we approve of the conditions imposed, or even think that they make logical sense. We spend much time discussing odd clauses with publishers to try to get them to clarify their contracts. However, we will report what publishers have said as their policy, and report the terminology that they have used within these legal contracts. To do otherwise, to ignore a clause in a contract because we don't agree with it, is to misrepresent the publishers' contract and potentially mislead authors and administrators. Given the information in RoMEO, self-archiving authors and repository administrators can then decide if they wish to ignore something. If we wish to get simplicity and clarity, then we must lobby publishers to change their contracts, not suppress information and report what we think they *should* have said. Obscuring uncomfortable facts or ambiguities from the public to suit one's own ends may be effective politics, but it is hardly trustworthy practice. Regards, Bill -- Bill Hubbard SHERPA Manager SHERPA - www.sherpa.ac.uk RoMEO - www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo JULIET - www.sherpa.ac.uk/juliet OpenDOAR - www.opendoar.org SHERPA Greenfield Medical Library University of Nottingham Queens Medical Centre Nottingham NG7 2UH UK Tel +44(0) 115 846 7657 Fax +44(0) 115 846 8244 * * * * * * * * This message has been checked for viruses but the contents of an attachment may still contain software viruses, which could damage your computer system: you are advised to perform your own checks. Email communications with the University of Nottingham may be monitored as permitted by UK legislation.