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Open Access is a movement that seeks to make all scholarship freely available on the web. Traditional publications, such as journals and monographs, bear a cost that limits access to the information they contain to those who can afford it. For example, the cost of subscriptions to academic journals has increasingly become a burden academic libraries have struggled to bear; a cost they have to pay even though their institutions underwrite the research that went into the journals.
Universities have recently begun to adopt open access policies that encourage faculty to publish in open access journals or place pre-publication copies of their works in open access archives. Both of these actions ensures the information is freely available. In some cases, as at Harvard, the faculty have agreed to an open access publication stance by default: works they produce will be placed in the Harvard digital repository unless the faculty member files a waiver.
Brandeis LTS is interested in encouraging open access awareness among Brandeis faculty and students and expects to work with the faculty senate and university administration to further the conversation in coming months. In the meantime some background reading on open access and open access policies, from Peter Suber, Director of the Harvard Open Access Project, are listed below.
Open Access Events, December 2012
Dr. William C. Scott, Emeritus Professor of Classics, Dartmouth College, shared his experiences working with the University Press of New England and the Dartmouth College Library to publish his latest book, The Artistry of the Homeric Simile (University Press of New England and the Dartmouth College Library, 2009) in a variety of OA formats. View the video.
Sue Kriegsman, Program Manager of the Harvard University Office for Scholarly Communication, talked about Harvard's experience implementing Open Access policies and, in particular, the operational details of establishing an online repository to share faculty publications. View the video.