Open Access Discussion Continues

At the November 16 meeting of the Faculty Council, the Library Policy Committee returned to lead further discussion of a proposal for a University open access policy that would enable immediate, unfettered access to Emory faculty authored scholarly articles. Members of the Council discussed the policy’s “opt-out” clause, its practicality, and whether it required a waiver by the faculty member’s dean or dean’s designate. They also talked about how the proposed new digital repository would interact with existing exter- nal digital repositories for scholarship, such as the Social Science Research Network. Key points from the proposal: authors will retain sufficient copyrights to their own work; an opt-out clause will be provided; the open access digital repository will be easy to use for authors and readers; the open access policy will be subject to periodic review and critique. A full copy of the proposed policy is available at Comments and questions are welcome. When faculty conversation indicates that timing is appropriate, the Faculty Council will vote on a resolution to support the policy.

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