25 February 2008

Harvard goes open access

Science magazine is reporting that Harvard University has developed an "Open access" policy.

The resolution authorizes Harvard to place a faculty member's work in a repository that will be available to all at no cost. The researcher would retain the copyright, as in the past, but the university would have a license to release it. Papers would be posted on the Internet upon receipt or following a requested delay. Any author may choose not to participate but would need a waiver from the dean in order to opt out of the system.

I recently wrote about some issues surrounding open access here.

As if to make the point for me, the Science article is locked behind password protection for subscribers.

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