Open Access Policy Support

This spring, the Faculty Council voted to support an open access policy that would enable immediate, unfettered access to Emory faculty authored scholarly articles. The vote re- sulted from almost two years of campuswide conversation requested by the Library Policy Committee (LPC) of the Council and facilitated by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence with the Office of Intellectual Property Rights. The LPC presented a draft to the Council in October 2010, triggering a series of revisions that resulted in a unanimas vote of support on March 15. This vote expresses the Council’s support for the principle of open access as official University policy. Pending administrative approval of the proposed policy, the library staff will assess Emory’s existing Electronic Theses and Dissertations system for its readiness to be adapted for the new repository, as well as evaluate other open- source products for potential use. A prototype for the project would then be developed for testing.

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