Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

Professor Stevan Harnad

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Professor Stevan Harnad

ECS, Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering
University of Southampton
Southampton, United Kingdom. SO17 1BJ

Position: Academic staff in Web and Internet Science
Extension: 24474
Telephone: Work (Voice): +44 (0)23 8059 4474
Fax: Work (Fax): +44 (0)23-80 592-865
Email: harnad@ecs.soton.ac.uk
Homepage: http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/~harnad/
URI: http://id.ecs.soton.ac.uk/person/101 [browse]

Additional Contact Details

UQàM Montreal: 1-514-987-0027 & 1-514-285-4948

Interests: categorisation, cognitive science, communication, consciousness, institutional repositories, language evolution, movement, open access, research metrics, sensorimotor learning, symbol grounding, volition


Stevan Harnad is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Université du Québec à Montréal, and Professor of Web Science in the Department of Electronics and Computer Science, at University of Southampton, UK. 


Born in Budapest, Hungary, Harnad did his undergraduate work at McGill University and his graduate work at Princeton University. His research is on categorisationcommunication, cognition and the open research web. 


Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (a paper journal published by Cambridge University Press) 1978-2003, Harnad is currently Editor-in-Chief of Animal Sentience(published by the Institute for Science and Policy of the HUmane Society of the United States). 


Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Sciences 2001-2015, Harnad is External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a Past President of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Liège. 


He  is author and contributor to over 300 publications, including Origins and Evolution of Language and Speech (NY Acad Sci 1976), Lateralization in the Nervous System (Acad Pr 1977), Peer Commentary on Peer Review: A Case Study in Scientific Quality Control (CUP 1982), Categorical Perception: The Groundwork of Cognition (CUP 1987), The Selection of Behavior: The Operant Behaviorism of BF Skinner: Comments and Consequences (CUP 1988), Scholarly Journals at the Crossroads: A Subversive Proposal for Electronic Publishing (1995), Essays on the Foundations and Fringes of Cognition (in prep) and Cognition Distributed: How Cognitive Technology Extends Our Minds (Benjamins 2008) 




The EPrints research team at Southampton University is at the forefront in the critical developments in OA across the past decade. The team: -- hosted one of the first OA journals, Psycoloquy (since 1994) -- hosted the first journal OA preprint archive, BBSPrints (since 1994) -- formulated the first OA self-archiving proposal (1994) -- founded one of the first central OA Repositries, Cogprints (1997) -- founded the American Scientist Open Access Forum (1998) -- created GNU EPrints, the first software for creating OAI-compliant Institutional Repositories (now in use at over 200 universities worldwide) (2000) -- co-drafted the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) and its self-archiving FAQ (2001) -- created the first citation impact-measuring search engine, Citebase (2003) -- designed the first OAI standardised CV Template for UK Research Assessment (2002) and proposed that the RAE convert to metrics (2003), which the RAE announced it would do in 2007. -- compiled the BOAI Eprints software Handbook (2003) -- formulated and promoted the model self-archiving mandate for departments and institutions, now being adopted worldwide (2003) -- created and maintains ROAR, the Registry of Open Access Repositories worldwide (2003) -- collaborated in the creation and maintenance of the ROMEO directory of journals' OA self-archiving policies, (2004) -- created and maintains ROARMAP, the registry of Open Access Mandates (2004) -- piloted the paradigm of collecting, analysing and disseminating data on the magnitude of the OA impact advantage and the growth of OA across all disciplines worldwide (2004). -- consult and blog widely on institutional and funder Open Access policy-making (2006)   


Research on Open Access Scientometrics

Research on Category Learning, Symbol Grounding, and Language Origins  

Co-Directing Masters and Doctoral Students 


B.A. (hon. psych.) McGill 1967; M.A. (psych.) McGill 1969;
M.A. (psych.) Princeton 1971; Ph.D. (psych.) Princeton 1991

Other Professional Activities

Worldwide Advocacy for Open Access to Research

Conferences Attended



Invited Speaker: "Why and How Gratis Green OA Self-Archiving Mandates Can and Must Precede Gold OA Publishing and Copyright Reform" CREATe workshop. University of Nottingham, 3 February 2014



"Cognitive Science Research Without Hurting or Killing Animals" Neuroscience Undergraduates of McGill (NUM) Panel Discussion on Animal Experimentation. McGill University 24 February 2014 



Invited Keynote: Opening Science to Meet Future Challenges. Centre for Open Science, part of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling at the University of Warsaw, 11 March 2014



Introductory Talk: "Animal Agony: The Biggest Moral Problem and Shame of Our Age" 2nd Annual Conference of Students for Critical Animal Studies (SCAS), McGill University 28-30 March 2014. 



Conférencier invité. "Moral Evolution: Legal Protection for Animals from Confinement, Hurt and Slaughter" Colloque annuel du GEINH – Groupe d’Étude Interdisciplinaire sur la Nature Humaine 1 avril 2014 



"Open Memetrics: Monitoring, Measuring and Mapping Memes" Web Science and the Mind, Institut des sciences cognitives, UQàM, Montrèal 7-18 July 2014 http://www.summer14.isc.uqam.ca/page/intro.php



Keynote Speaker.  From Grounded Symbols to Open Science. CogSci 2014 Cognitive Science meets Artificial Intelligence: Human and Artificial Agents in Interactive Contexts. Quebec city, 23 July 2014. http://cognitivesciencesociety.org/uploads/cogsci14_final_prog.pdf


Invited Speaker. Conversations on Consciousness. “The Other-Minds Problem, or Orgasms (Mine) Versus Agony (Others')” McGill University, Montreal 20 October 2014




Invited Speaker. “From Universal Green Open Access to Open Science” Library and Information Studies Centre University of Cape Town LISC75 Conferences, 28 November 2014 






"Learned Whorfian Effects and Dimensional Reduction," McGill University Cognitive Area Seminar, 15:30 Stewart W7/21, Mcgill University, Montreal 16 January 2015 http://www.psych.mcgill.ca/misc/bbcseminar/


« Apprentissage de catégories, réduction dimensionnelle, perception catégorielle » Séminaires du DIC, 10h30 UQÀM, Montréal 12 février 2015


Conférencier invité. « Conscience, corrélation et explication causale » Colloque international « Comment les données subjectives peuvent-elles contribuer à une science de la conscience ? » Pascal Ludwig (Paris IV) et Max Kistler (Paris I) 26-27 octobre 2015 http://www.snd-sorbonne.fr/spip.php?article194&lang=fr 


Conférencier invité. ACFAS Forum international Science et société: 16e Forum : Connaissances pour un monde en accéléré Atelier Cerveau et libre arbitre. Collège Dawson, Montréal 7 novenmbre 2015 http://www.acfas.ca/evenements/forum 




Invited keynote: "Acceso libre: ¿qué? ¿por qué? cuando? ¿dónde? ¿cómo?" Conferencia Internacional BIREDIAL-ISTEC La Universidad del Norte Barranquilla, Colombia 17 nov 2015 http://eventos.uninorte.edu.co/index.php/biredial/biredial-istec2015/schedConf/program

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