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Duke Open Access Policy
Duke Open Access Policy
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Among the enduring themes of Duke's strategic plan are knowledge in the service of society and affordability and
access, key components of our goal as a research university to create, disseminate and preserve knowledge. In Spring
2009, Provost Peter Lange established the Digital Futures Task Force to propose a set of measures that Duke
University can undertake to further these ends.
The proposed Open Access policy would provide the legal basis for Duke to preserve the work of Duke scholars in a
permanent digital repository and to provide access to that work to anyone who seeks it. The policy is intended to serve
the faculty's interests by allowing articles to receive open distribution, simplifying authors retention of distribution rights,
aiding preservation, and providing unified action to discourage publishers from rejecting articles because they will be
available in open access. In any case in which the license works against the interest of a faculty member, the policy
allows for waiver of the license or delay of distribution.
While the precise mechanisms by which this will work have not yet been fully developed, the intention is that this policy
will not result in more work for the faculty, and it is worth a relatively small investment because, in many fields, work
published in journals is not accessible to those who do not subscribe to the journal or whose libraries don't subscribe.
By joining research universities such as Harvard, Stanford and MIT as well as funding agencies including NIH in
adopting an open access policy and building digital repository service, Duke becomes part of a growing and important
movement toward a new mode of open access scholarly publication.
The Faculty of Duke University is committed to disseminating the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as
possible. In addition to the public benefit of such dissemination, this policy is intended to serve faculty interests by
promoting greater reach and impact for articles, simplifying authors’ retention of distribution rights, and aiding
preservation. In keeping with these commitments, the Faculty adopts the following policy.
Each Faculty member grants to Duke University permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to
reproduce and distribute those articles for the purpose of open dissemination. In legal terms, each Faculty member
grants to Duke University a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-
under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, and to authorize others to do so,
provided that the articles are not sold. The Duke faculty author remains the copyright owner unless that author chooses
to transfer the copyright to a publisher.
The policy will apply to all scholarly articles authored or co-
except for any articles completed before the adoption of this policy and any articles for which the Faculty member
entered into an incompatible licensing or assignment agreement before the adoption of this policy. The Provost or
Provost's designate will waive application of the license for a particular article or delay access for a specified period of
time upon written request by a Faculty member.
To assist the University in distributing the scholarly articles, each faculty member will make available, as of the date of
publication or upon request, an electronic copy of the final author’s version of the article at no charge to a designated
representative of the Provost’s Office in an appropriate format (such as PDF) specified by the Provost's Office. The
Provost's Office will make the article available to the public in Duke’s open-
Duke license has been waived or an embargo period has been mutually agreed, the article may be archived in a Duke
repository without open access for the period of the embargo, or permanently in cases of waiver.
The Office of the Provost, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the Academic Council, will be responsible for
interpreting this policy, resolving disputes concerning its interpretation and application, and recommending changes to
the Faculty from time to time.
The Faculty calls upon the Library Council and Duke University Libraries to develop and monitor a plan for a service or
mechanism that would render compliance with the policy as convenient for the faculty as possible.
The policy and service model will be reviewed after three years and a report presented to the Faculty.
about the Duke Open Access
Drawn from the FAQ developed to inform
discussions before the adoption of the
policy in spring 2010
Benefits of open access and an institutional
Is this policy unique?
Impact of the policy
DukeSpace and the planned service model
for assisting with deposit
More information about open
access to scholarship
General overview of open access publishing,
Overview of open access issues, from
SPARC the Scholarly Publishing and
Academic Resources Coalition
Open Access Directory
Open Access Overview
Open Access Scholarly Information
News about Open Access @
Open Access for Scholarly Writing (Duke
Today, March 2010)
Faculty Move Forward on Open Access Policy
(Duke Today, March 2010)
Open Access at Duke (Scholarly
Communications @ Duke, March 2010)
Setting the Default to Open: Paolo
Mangiafico, on Open Access at Duke
University (opensource.com, May 2010)
Duke Joins Compact for Open Access to
Scholarly Journals (Duke Today, October
Libraries Offer Tools and Support for Open-
Access Publishing (Duke Libraries, June