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Harvard Faculty Adopts Open Access Requirement

The Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) voted to give the university a worldwide license to make each faculty member’s scholarly articles available and to exercise the copyright in the articles, provided that the articles are not sold for a profit (www.fas.harvard.edu/home/news_and_events/releases/scholarly_02122008.html). The move is being hailed as a powerful message to the academic community.

Harvard will take advantage of the license by hosting FAS faculty’s scholarly articles in an open access repository, making them available worldwide for free. The faculty member will retain the copyright in the article, subject to the university’s license. The repository contents can be made widely available to the public through search engines such as Google Scholar. Faculty members may request a waiver of the license for particular articles where this is preferable. The new legislation does not apply to articles completed before its adoption. The repository, which will be supported and maintained by Harvard University, will allow scholars and the general public from around the world access to scholarly works of FAS faculty.

Source: Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences



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