Open access scholarly literature is “digital, online, free-of-charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions”1. An Open Access Policy reserves Open access policies directly support the mission of land grant universities by making publically supported research openly available. Universities around the world have created Open access policies to share their research so that society has equitable access to published scholarship. These policies generally allow authors to archive a copy of their publication in an institutional repository or published in an open access journal, in ways that help address both the price barriers and the permission barriers that undermine global access to the products of a university’s scholarly and creative work. Over six hundred universities and research institutions worldwide, including more than half of our peer institutions (as defined by Vision 2020), have an open access policy2. The Faculty Senate Research sub-committee recommends that TAMU adopt an Open Access Policy. An open access policy at TAMU would be managed by the TAMU Libraries, who would provide the support to TAMU authors so they can archive an open access copy of their publication in our institutional repository so that the burden on the authors would be minimal. We are proposing the Faculty Senate as a whole vote on a resolution to recommend that the President’s office implement such a policy.
- Open Access, Policy, Scholarly Communications