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Friday, June 06, 2008

OA mandate a highlight of Harvard's year

The OA mandate at Harvard's Faculty of Arts and Sciences made the Harvard Gazette's Highlights of the year that was.  The entry:

...February 2008...

To enhance the distribution of faculty research and scholarship, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences votes [unanimously] to give the University a worldwide license to make each faculty member’s scholarly articles available and to hold the copyright for them, so long as they are not sold for profit. The move seeks in part to overcome the inhibiting effects of (1) scholarly journals that often prevent scholars from using and distributing their own work and (2) journal prices so high that many institutions and individuals cancel their subscriptions....

PS:  It was an exciting year at Harvard.  If the OA mandate hadn't made the list of highlights, the year would have had to be much more exciting.