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Art Jahnke and Jessica Ullian, University Council Approves Open Access Plan, BU Today, February 17, 2009. Excerpt:
Update (later on 2/17/09). The text (PDF) adopted by the University Council is now online, with links from the article itself. (Thanks, BU.) When I blogged the article this morning, the links had not yet been added.
The Council approved two recommendations: first, to launch an IR, and second, to promote OA "in routine operations" which include the following:
All five ways of promoting OA are desirable. But BU omitted one that would be even more desirable: requiring the deposit of peer-reviewed journal manuscripts in the BU IR.
If BU faculty "routinely" use non-exclusive copyright agreements with publishers, as recommended, then they could retain the right to authorize OA through the IR. But is BU encouraging them to use retained rights to authorize OA through the IR? Is it encouraging them to deposit their work in the IR? Will it require either step, with or without an opt-out?
Update (2/18/09). Also see Dorothea Salo's comments:
Update (2/19/09). Also see Andrew Albanese's story in Library Journal: