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MIT Faculty Open Access Policy
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MIT Faculty Open Access Policy
Policy adopted by unanimous vote of the faculty on 3/18/2009:
The Faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is committed to disseminating the fruits of
its research and scholarship as widely as possible. In keeping with that commitment, the Faculty
adopts the following policy: Each Faculty member grants to the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology nonexclusive permission to make available his or her scholarly articles and to exercise
the copyright in those articles for the purpose of open dissemination. In legal terms, each Faculty
member grants to MIT a nonexclusive, irrevocable, paid-up, worldwide license to exercise any and all
rights under copyright relating to each of his or her scholarly articles, in any medium, provided that
the articles are not sold for a profit, and to authorize others to do the same. The policy will apply to
all scholarly articles written while the person is a member of the Faculty 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 policy for a particular article upon written
notification by the author, who informs MIT of the reason.
To assist the Institute in distributing the scholarly articles, as of the date of publication, each Faculty
member will make available an electronic copy of his or her final version of the article at no charge
to a designated representative of the Provost’s Office in appropriate formats (such as PDF) specified
by the Provost’s Office.
The Provost’s Office will make the scholarly article available to the public in an open-access
repository. The Office of the Provost, in consultation with the Faculty Committee on the Library
System, will be responsible for interpreting this policy, resolving disputes concerning its
interpretation and application, and recommending changes to the Faculty. The policy is to take effect
immediately; it will be reviewed after five years by the Faculty Policy Committee, with a report
presented to the Faculty.
The faculty calls upon the Faculty Committee on the Library System 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.
Deposit a paper under the Policy
DETAILS ABOUT THE POLICY
Definition of Terms that Appear in the Policy
Working with the policy steps to take, including:
Opting Out (Obtaining a waiver):
To opt out, fill out a simple web form, or send an email or other written notice to
oapolicyoptout@mit.edu informing MIT of the following:
* Name of MIT author
* Title of article (expected or working title)
* Journal you expect to publish in
* Reason you are opting out
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