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16 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 253 (2017-2018)
The Governance Framework of Open Access Repositories in Greece

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          The   Governance Framework of Open Access

                                           Repositories in Greece

                                                       By  Nikos   Koutras


   Scholars argue  that open  access  repositories (OARs)   can  work  as  an
additional tool to boost networking  among   institutions. Greece, in its quest
for boosting  networking   amongst  its institutions, should consider  taking
steps to expand  its open access  practice.' This paper compares   the Greek
open  access practice to the European  governance  framework.   This paper is
divided  into three parts. The first part assesses how the Greek   regulatory
system  operates  and  clarifies the necessary  process  for a statute to  be
introduced  in Greece.  Furthermore,  in this part also  assesses Greek  law
(constitution and   specific local  regulations) because   it introduces  the
concept  of  freedom  of  information.  Therefore,  there is a link  between
information  and  knowledge,   which  supports  my  argument   that access to

   The open access practice appeared as a response to the rapid growing prices of
scholarly and scientific journals. See Jean-Claude Gu6don, The Green and Gold
Roads to Open Access: The Case for Mixing and Matching, 30 SERIALS REv. 315 (2004).
Mainly, librarians were concerned about the high prices of journals while there was
restricted access due to constrained economic means. Gradually, such concern has
evolved, and issues related to access have been extrapolated from issues associated with
costs. Additionally, Guedon argues that open access has been focusing on articles, more
than journals because of a few reasons: a) scientists as readers tend to pay more attention
to articles; b) online publishing maintains the journal titles mainly for branding reasons;
and c) the very dynamics of the open access practice have also contributed to offer
greater prominence to the articles as a unit (p. 320). More specifically, open access
became a movement after a meeting in Budapest in December 2001, organized by the
Information Program of the Open Society Institute. That meeting witnessed a vigorous
consideration about definitions, tactics, and practices, and out of this discussion emerged
two approaches. First, existing journals find a way to transform themselves into open
access publications, or open access journals are created. Second, authors and/or
institutions 'self-archive' published peer review articles or a combination that then
becomes the equivalent of published, peer-reviewed articles.

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