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Open Access

A Very Brief Introduction to Open Access by Peter Suber

Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. What makes it possible is the internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. OA is entirely compatible with peer review, and all the major OA initiatives for scientific and scholarly literature insist on its importance. Just as authors of journal articles donate their labor, so do most journal editors and referees participating in peer review. OA literature is not free to produce, even if it is less expensive to produce than conventionally published literature. The question is not whether scholarly literature can be made costless, but whether there are better ways to pay the bills than by charging readers and creating access barriers. Business models for paying the bills depend on how OA is delivered.

Open Academic Resources

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Faculty Senate Open Access Resolution

Faculty Senate Open Access Resolution—September 27, 2010

WHEREAS, we, the Faculty Senate of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC), recognize the value of disseminating faculty scholarship as broadly as possible, and

WHEREAS, we recognize that open access models exist within scholarly publishing and are consistent with standards for peer review and scholarly excellence, and

WHEREAS, we recognize that open access models foster principles of academic freedom and believe that universities should not limit the ability of faculty to submit their work to the publishers of their choice, and

WHEREAS, increased access and visibility of scholarship serve UNC faculty members’ interests by promoting greater reach and impact, and

WHEREAS, the University’s and faculty members’ status and reputation are enhanced when the scholarship is easily discoverable and accessible, and

WHEREAS, broad dissemination of knowledge benefits the scholarly community and the general public,

THEREFORE, we resolve the following: To encourage faculty to consider carefully the benefits of seeking out, whenever feasible, open access journals that maintain rigorous peer review standards of scholarly excellence and publish online at no cost to users worldwide; and To encourage the deposit of faculty journal articles in our institutional repository, Digital UNC, at the earliest possible opportunity in the publication process, and in the format allowable by their publishers.

Approved unanimously September 27, 2010

Digital UNC

Digital UNC is a digital repository service offered by the University Libraries to capture, store, organize, index, preserve, and provide access to examples of the University of Northern Colorado's information resources and intellectual output. Appropriate materials include: official University documents; images, documents, audio files, and video files from archival collections; teaching materials created by UNC faculty members; faculty publications including journal articles, book chapters, books, scholarly book reviews, confrence publications and presentations, artistic creations, and data sets; student work including electronic dissertations, theses, and honors papers.

UNC Library Faculty Open Access Resolution

Library Faculty Open Access Resolution—December 2, 2009

We, the faculty of University Libraries of the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) resolve the following:

1. To disseminate our scholarship as broadly as possible. We endeavor to make our scholarly work openly accessible in conformance with open access principles. Whenever possible, we make our scholarship available in digital format, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.

2. To deposit our scholarly work in our institutional repository, Digital UNC at the earliest possible opportunity.

3. To seek publishers whose policies allow us to make our research freely available online. When a publisher’s policies do not allow us to make our research freely available online, we resolve to engage in good faith negotiations with the publisher to allow deposit of peer-reviewed, pre- or post-print versions of our scholarly work in Digital UNC. This resolution, however, gives us the latitude and individual discretion to publish where we deem necessary, given our career goals, intended audience, and other reasonable factors. The resolution applies to the scholarly works authored and co-authored while faculty are employed at UNC Libraries, beginning with works published or submitted for publication after December 2, 2009. The works encompassed by this resolution include journal articles and conference proceedings. We encourage the deposit of other scholarly work, including but not limited to book chapters and conference presentations. This open access resolution will be reviewed by faculty of the University Libraries after one year.

Approved unanimously December 2, 2009

Open Access Resolution

ROARMAP (Registry of Open Access Repository Material Archiving Policies) tracks the growth of institutional self-archiving policies. See how our resolution compares to others around the world at the ROARMAP site.