Open Access Week 2019
- Theme: “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge"
- Date: October 21 through November 4
HERMES-IR Usage from around the world
HERMES-IR is accessed from all around the world.
We mapped which countries accessed HERMES-IR during FY2018 along with the number/amount of usage.
Open Access Success Stories
Open for Whom? An excerpt from a report which examines stories that describe the benefit of open access for readers, authors and institutions.
■ Open Access Success Stories (Japanese Only)
Hitotsubashi University Open Access Policy
Hitotsubashi University adopted an Open Access Policy in October 2017. All research outputs by university faculty members that are made Open Access can be accessed via Hitotsubashi University Repository HERMES-IR.
Hitotsubashi University Open Access Policy（Hitotsubashi University Website）
What is Open Access?
Open access is where research literature is published free to read online, with a clearly identifiable reuse license. Open Access is a key tool aimed against the rapidly rising costs of journal subscription prices, and at the same time accelarates interdisciplinary research and innovation, resulting in more research output taken up by society.
Authors also merit from making his/her research output open access. Open access articles have a greater potential readership, meaning they recieve more access, resulting in higher numbers of citations. Authors are also able to read their articles anytime, anywhere via the internet.
Open Access is now a global movement. In the United States, the National Institute of Health(NIH) issued a Pulic Access Policy in 2008 which mandates research papers describing research funded by the National Institutes of Health to be available to the public free through PubMed Central within 12 months of publication. In the UK, the RCUK also issued an Open Access Policy in 2012 stating all research which acknowledge Research Council funding allow “immediate, unrestricted, on‐line access to peer‐reviewed and published research papers, free of any access charge and with maximum opportunities for re‐use." In Japan, funders have also requested that publicly funded research should be made available to the public free of charge.
See also (Japanese Only)
- 『大学等におけるジャーナル環境の整備と我が国のジャーナルの発信力強化の在り方について』 (ジャーナル問題に関する検討会, 平成26年8月)
- 『学術情報のオープン化の推進について（中間まとめ）』（科学技術・学術審議会 学術分科会 第8期学術情報委員会, 平成27年9月）
How to acheive Open Access
There are 2 routes to making research output openly accessible:
What is an Institutional Repository?
An Institutional Repository is an archive for collecting and preserving digital copies of the research output of a research institution. Hitotsubashi University’s repository, HERMES-IR, collects and disseminates research materials published by its members once permission can be obtained. Our collections include Doctoral Dissertations submitted after 2013, departmental bulletin papers, working papers, University Archives, the Libraries special collections and more. For more information, please see: