US University OA Resolutions Omit Most Important Component

Stevan Harnad harnad at
Mon Jun 6 23:33:24 EST 2005

I am happy to report that 4 out of the 8 University OA Resolutions in
ARL's 2005 list

do *not* omit the all-important self-archiving component of an Open 
Access Policy.

University of Kansas (1) has already registered its policy at

and it is hoped Cornell (2), Case Western Reserve University (3) and
University of Wisconsin-Madison (3) will register theirs too! Their
self-archiving policies [excerpted] are:

(1) University of Kansas:

    "[T]he University of Kansas Faculty Senate... Calls on all
    faculty of the University of Kansas to... deposit... a digital
    copy of every article accepted by a peer-reviewed journal into
    the [KU] ScholarWorks repository, or a similar open access venue"

(2) Cornell University:

    "The Senate strongly urges all faculty to deposit preprint or
    postprint copies of articles in an open access repository such as
    the Cornell University DSpace Repository..."

(3) University of Wisconsin:

    "University of Wisconsin-Madison...faculty and academic staff
    researchers...  must take action to ensure that their works are
    accessible to advance research and learning, and specifically
    should consider... Self-archiving their works in information
    repositories supported by research institutions and professional

(4) Case Western Reserve University:

    "Be it resolved that the Faculty Senate urges the University and
    its members to... Post their work prior to publication in an open
    digital archive and... to post their published work in a timely
    fashion and provide institutional support to those seeking to do so"

Peter Suber has a longer list including earlier University Resolutions at:

Over 90% of journals already endorse author self-archiving,

so the only thing still needed now is university policies mandating it:

Stevan Harnad

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UNIVERSITIES: If you have adopted or plan to adopt an institutional
policy of providing Open Access to your own research article output,
please describe your policy at:

    BOAI-1 ("green"): Publish your article in a suitable toll-access journal
    BOAI-2 ("gold"): Publish your article in a open-access journal if/when 
            a suitable one exists.
    in BOTH cases self-archive a supplementary version of your article
            in your institutional repository.

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