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Good Practices for University Open-Access Policies

This is a guide to good practices for university open-access (OA) policies. It’s based on the type of policy adopted at Harvard, Stanford, MIT, U of Kansas, U of Oregon, Trinity, Oberlin, Rollins, Wake Forest, Duke, U of Puerto Rico, Hawaii - Manoa, Columbia, Strathmore, Emory, Princeton, Jomo Kenyatta, Utah State, Bifröst, Miami, California - San Francisco, the U Massachusetts Medical School, Rutgers, Georgia Tech, McGill University Librarians,  and many other institutions. (See p. 66).  Recommendations should be useful to universities taking these and other approaches.

This is an excellent guide representing one version in a constantly evolving and growing compilation of recommendations exploring best practices for open access in the university setting.

The guide is endorsed by these projects and organizations:

  • Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions (COAPI) 
  • Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) 
  • Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL)
  • Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS)
  • Harvard Open Access Project (HOAP) 
  • Mediterranean Open Access Network (MedOANet)
  • Open Access Directory (OAD) 
  • Open Access Implementation Group (OAIG)
  • Open Access Scholarly Information Sourcebook(OASIS) 
  • Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • SPARC Europe

The site includes access to the first print and PDF editions. The new editions use the text as it stood in late September 2013.

Given the Tri-Council plans for mandated Open Access to funded research, I hope to see our Canadian institutions use the guide to develop their own policies.

by Peter Suber, Stuart Shieber