French agricultural research institute paves the way to open access: feedback from CIRAD

Abstract : CIRAD works with developing countries to generate and pass on new knowledge, support agricultural development and fuel the debate on the main global issues concerning agriculture. When countries cannot afford to subscribe to expensive scientific journals, one way to help is to make publications freely accessible. For this reason, CIRAD's information policy focuses not only on scientific quality but also on open access. CIRAD's scientific and technical information (STI) service has played an important role in helping define priorities, finding funds to support open access, and improving the CIRAD publications database so that it complies with French and international document repositories. The first step of the institutional process was to inform researchers and help them publish in open access peer-reviewed journals. Two dedicated tools were designed: a public database called "Où publier" to help choose an appropriate journal, and a public website "CoopIST" to provide information and training resources for scientific writing and publishing. One major challenge was allocating an internal budget and identifying external funders who support open access. Another challenge was using the right tools -the CIRAD Agritrop database and the French open access archive HAL -to make CIRAD scientific publications both accessible and assessable. Indicators were generated from Agritrop to monitor progress towards open access: from 2009 to 2012, 22.3% of CIRAD articles were published in open access and the new plan aims to increase this percentage. CIRAD is also looking into ways of making its scientific datasets publicly available and accessible worldwide.
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Marie-Claude Deboin, Cécile Fovet-Rabot. French agricultural research institute paves the way to open access: feedback from CIRAD. 2013 IAALD World Congress: Emerging Priorities for Scientific & Agricultural Information, IAALD, Jul 2013, Cornell University: Ithaca, NY, United States. ⟨cirad-01082454⟩

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