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New Open Access policy at Oregon State University

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With the spread of Open Access in the scientific community, now universities, institutions and sometimes even governments introduce special policies to standardize the process of sharing and publishing research results in an open and free-of-charge way. Over the past few years, dozens of universities have introduced OA policies and have opened special funds for publishing in this model. Oregon State University did the same thing recently.

OSU announced that the university Senate approved a new Open Access policy. According to new rules, each faculty member grants to Oregon State University permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to reproduce and distribute those articles for the purpose of open dissemination. This means that Oregon State University obtains nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide license to exercise any and all rights under copyright relating to each scholarly articles published by faculty members. The policy applies to all scholarly articles authored or co-authored while the person is a member of the Oregon State University Faculty.

The new OA policy introduced by OSU is very general, yet comprehensive. It covers all university faculties and sets a simple rule: all research must be open. What’s more, OSU takes responsibility for this condition by requiring from authors a non-exclusive right to their works. This fundamental approach may reveal the answer to a very important question: whether scientists really are ready to open access to their research.

Oregon State University is not the first to introduce this kind of OA policy. Before OSU, there were universities like Kansas University, Georgia Tech, University of California at San Francisco, Duke, Harvard, and MIT. Therefore, OSU will be in good company.

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